Mediastinotomy
: A procedure in which the doctor inserts a tube into the chest to view the organs in the mediastinum. The tube is inserted through an incision next to the breastbone.
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Incision into the mediastinum. [mediastinum + G. tome, incision]
- anterior m. SYN: Chamberlain procedure.

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me·di·as·ti·not·o·my -'nät-ə-mē n, pl -mies surgical incision into the mediastinum

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me·di·as·ti·not·o·my (me″de-as″tĭ-notґə-me) [mediastinum + -tomy] the operation of cutting into the mediastinum. Performed from the front, it is anterior or cervical mediastinotomy; from the back, posterior or dorsal mediastinotomy.

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