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a covering for the chest.
The anterior surface of the thorax in relation to symptoms or disease changes.
[Fr. cuirasse, a breastplate]
Etymology: Fr, cuirasse, breastplate
1 also called cuirass ventilator, a negative-pressure full-body respirator. It consists of a rigid shell that conforms to the surfaces of the body from the neck to the hips. Ventilating pressure is delivered through a flexible hose attached to the top of the device. An electrically driven pump is adjusted to match the timing of the patient's spontaneous breathing.
2 a tightly fitted chest bandage.
cuirass(kwē-răs′) [Fr. cuirasse, breastplate]
A firm bandage around the chest.