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The chest or thorax.

Greek thōrax, thorāc‑, chest.

A thoracotomy (Greek ‑tomia, cutting) is a surgical incision into the chest wall; the adjective thoracolumbar refers to the thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine; a thoracostomy (Greek stoma, mouth) is an incision made into the chest wall for drainage.

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