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Pronunciation: tho'ra-ko-plas-te

Definition: An operation that corrects deformities of the chest wall; previously used only to designate a procedure designed to reduce the intrathoracic space by removal of portions of the rigid chest wall in cases of tuberculosis or empyema.

[thoraco- + G. plastos, formed]

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