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THORAX (Gr. Owpa.%, breastplate, also the part of the body covered by it), the anatomical term for the chest, that part of the body which contains the heart and lungs (see ANATOMY: Superficial and Artistic, and SKELETON: Axial). For the surgery of the thorax reference may be made to the headings HEART, LUNG and RESPIRATORY SYSTEM.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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