Font Size
A
A
A

Definition of Thoracentesis

Thoracentesis: Removal of fluid from the space between the lungs and the chest wall (the pleural cavity) for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes using a needle inserted between the ribs.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5768
Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

Medical Dictionary Definitions A - Z

Search Medical Dictionary



NIH talks about Ebola on WebMD


Medical Dictionary