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).
- pneumo- (English)
- thorax (English)
- θώραξ (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word pneumothorax
1. Noun, singular or mass
A chest that has a heavy or constricted feeling may be symptomatic of many illnesses such as a simple chest cold, angina or a pneumothorax.
The book "General Critical Care" notes that the high-pressured air from CPAP ventilation can cause a patient with a piercing chest injury to develop a collapsed lung, or pneumothorax 3.