Relating to the thorax. SYN: thoracal.

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tho·rac·ic thə-'ras-ik adj of, relating to, located within, or involving the thorax <\thoracic trauma> <\thoracic surgery>
tho·rac·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv

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tho·rac·ic (thə-rasґik) [L. thoracicus; Gr. thōrakikos] pertaining to or affecting the thorax (chest). Called also pectoral.

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