Definition of oleothorax in English:

oleothorax

noun

Medicine
historical
  • The introduction of a light oil into the pleural cavity, formerly used to treat tuberculosis; a pleural cavity so treated.

Origin

1920s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Medical Association. From French oléo-thorax from oléo- + thorax.

Pronunciation

oleothorax

/ˌəʊlɪəʊˈθɔːraks/