thoracentesis|thoracenteses in English


procedure in which a needle is inserted into the chest cavity in order to aspirate fluids (Medicine)

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1. Atabrine was injected intrapleurally beginning October, 1956 and no further thoracenteses were required on the left side during the remainder of the patient's course of 13 months

2. When results show Blunting of the costophrenic angle, doctors and nurses may perform thoracentesis to evaluate first whether fluid has gathered in the area, and if it has, what kind