transthoracotomy

trans·tho·ra·cot·o·my

(trans'thōr-ă-kot'ŏ-mē),
A surgical procedure carried out through an incision in the chest wall.
[trans- + thorax + G. tomē, incision]

transthoracotomy

(trăns″thō-ră-kŏt′ō-mē) [″ + Gr. thorax, chest, + tome, incision]
The operation of incising across the thorax.
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