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a chest permanently resembling the shape of a barrel, that is, with increased anteroposterior diameter, roughly equaling the lateral diameter; usually with some degree of kyphosis; may be seen in cases of emphysema.
Synonym(s): barrel-shaped thorax
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A malformed chest rounded like a barrel, seen in advanced pulmonary emphysema.
See also: thorax
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