Definition of thoracotomy in English:

thoracotomy

noun

  • [mass noun] Surgical incision into the chest wall.

    • ‘Techniques for pleurodesis include thoracotomy, thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, and thoracentesis.’
    • ‘A thoracotomy was then performed through a standard right posterolateral thoracotomy incision.’
    • ‘Surgical lung biopsy was performed by formal thoracotomy or video-assisted thoracoscopy.’
    • ‘The patient was subsequently referred to our hospital, where he underwent thoracotomy with left upper lobectomy and partial pericardiectomy.’
    • ‘Some benefit has been observed when using epidural opiates alone for mastectomy, thoracotomy, extremity surgery and lower abdominal surgery.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek thōrax, thorāc- chest + -tomy.

Pronunciation:

thoracotomy

/ˌθɔːrəˈkɒtəmi/