the operation of freeing the heart from its adhesions to the sternal periosteum in adhesive mediastinopericarditis.
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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]
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