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thoracentesis

Pronunciation: tho'ra-sen-te'sis

Definition: Paracentesis of the pleural cavity.

Synonym(s): pleuracentesis, pleural tap, pleurocentesis, thoracocentesis

[thoraco- + G. kentesis, puncture]

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