Definition of Pneumothorax

1. Noun. Abnormal presence of air in the pleural cavity resulting in the collapse of the lung; may be spontaneous (due to injury to the chest) or induced (as a treatment for tuberculosis).

Generic synonyms: Abnormalcy, Abnormality



Definition of Pneumothorax

1. n. A condition in which air or other gas is present in the cavity of the chest; -- called also pneumatothorax.

Definition of Pneumothorax

1. Noun. (medicine) Presence of air inside the pleural cavity, usually caused by injury either to the lung or the chest wall. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pneumothorax

1. [n -RAXES or -RACES]

Medical Definition of Pneumothorax

1. A collapse of the lung due to an abrupt change in the intrapleural pressure within the chest cavity. This may be due to lung or chest penetration (trauma). May also occur spontaneously (lung rupture). Symptoms include shortness of breath and severe, one-sided (affected side) chest pain on inhalation. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pneumothorax

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pneumorrhachis
pneumorrhagia
pneumoscope
pneumoserothorax
pneumosilicosis
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pneumotachometer
pneumotherapy
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pneumothorax (current term)
pneumothorax simplex
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pneumoventricle
pneumovirinae
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Literary usage of Pneumothorax

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Masked pneumothorax. C. SABOURIN (Rev. de med., 1908, xxviii, 89) gives this name to those cases of pneumothorax in which, although the symptoms and the ..."

2. Repressive Legislation of the Republic of South Africa by Elizabeth S. Landis, United Nations Unit on Apartheid (1903)
"Air alone in the pleural cavity, to which the term pneumothorax is strictly ... To explain the absence of pneumothorax in a few cases in which it would be ..."

3. A Text-book of medicine for students and practitioners by Adolf von Strümpell, Frederick Cheever Shattuck (1886)
"The formation of pneumothorax—that is, of a collection of air or gas in the pleural ... pneumothorax is by far most frequently associated with phthisis, ..."

4. A Text-book of the practice of medicine by James Meschter Anders (1911)
"The pleural sac in pure pneumothorax is greatly distended, and the lung is impacted ... In other instances the cause of pneumothorax cannot be discovered. ..."

5. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1889)
"Recurrent pneumothorax.—Dr. Samuel West records what appears to be an instance of recurrent ... The case was clearly one of pneumothorax without effusion, ..."

6. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1909)
"(The distinction between "open pneumothorax," in which the rent in the lung through which the air escaped in the pleura remains open, ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"Masked pneumothorax. C. SABOURIN (Rev. de med., 1908, xxviii, 89) gives this name to those cases of pneumothorax in which, although the symptoms and the ..."

8. Repressive Legislation of the Republic of South Africa by Elizabeth S. Landis, United Nations Unit on Apartheid (1903)
"Air alone in the pleural cavity, to which the term pneumothorax is strictly ... To explain the absence of pneumothorax in a few cases in which it would be ..."

9. A Text-book of medicine for students and practitioners by Adolf von Strümpell, Frederick Cheever Shattuck (1886)
"The formation of pneumothorax—that is, of a collection of air or gas in the pleural ... pneumothorax is by far most frequently associated with phthisis, ..."

10. A Text-book of the practice of medicine by James Meschter Anders (1911)
"The pleural sac in pure pneumothorax is greatly distended, and the lung is impacted ... In other instances the cause of pneumothorax cannot be discovered. ..."

11. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1889)
"Recurrent pneumothorax.—Dr. Samuel West records what appears to be an instance of recurrent ... The case was clearly one of pneumothorax without effusion, ..."

12. Physical Diagnosis by Richard Clarke Cabot (1909)
"(The distinction between "open pneumothorax," in which the rent in the lung through which the air escaped in the pleura remains open, ..."

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