cardiolysis

cardiolysis

 [kahr″de-ol´ĭ-sis]
the operation of freeing the heart from its adhesions to the sternal periosteum in adhesive mediastinopericarditis.

car·di·ol·y·sis

(kar'dē-ol'i-sis),
An obsolete operation for breaking up the adhesions in chronic mediastinopericarditis; access is gained by resection of a portion of the sternum and the corresponding costal cartilages.
[cardio- + G. lysis, loosening]