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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thoracocentesis, thoracentesisnoun

    removal of fluid from the chest by centesis for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes


  1. thoracentesisnoun

    A medical procedure involving needle drainage of air or fluid from the pleural space.

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  1. Thoracentesisnoun

    the operation of puncturing the chest wall so as to let out liquids contained in the cavity of the chest


  1. Thoracentesis

    Thoracentesis, also known as thoracocentesis or pleural tap, is an invasive procedure to remove fluid or air from the pleural space for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. A cannula, or hollow needle, is carefully introduced into the thorax, generally after administration of local anesthesia. The procedure was first described in 1852. The recommended location varies depending upon the source. It is critical that the patient hold his or her breath to avoid piercing of the lung. Some sources recommend the midaxillary line, in the sixth, seventh, or eighth intercostal space. Whenever possible, the procedure should be performed under ultrasound guidance, which has shown to reduce complications.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thoracentesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thoracentesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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