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phthinoid chest


Definition: a long narrow chest, the lower ribs being more oblique than usual and sometimes reaching almost to the crest of the ilium, with the scapulae projecting backward, the manubrium sterni depressed, and with the sternal angle sharper than normal; such a chest was once considered indicative of pulmonary tuberculosis.

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