chest cavity

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Noun1.chest cavity - the cavity in the vertebrate body enclosed by the ribs between the diaphragm and the neck and containing the lungs and heartchest cavity - the cavity in the vertebrate body enclosed by the ribs between the diaphragm and the neck and containing the lungs and heart
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
mediastinum - the part of the thoracic cavity between the lungs that contains the heart and aorta and esophagus and trachea and thymus
chest, pectus, thorax - the part of the human torso between the neck and the diaphragm or the corresponding part in other vertebrates
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Upon innumerable occasions he had investigated the internal mechanism of his kills, and once or twice he had opened the chest cavity of victims in time to see the heart still pumping.
With a bone saw, open the chest cavity by cutting up the middle of the sternum, but be careful not to saw too deep or you'll puncture the stomach or liver.
X-rays revealed Harriet had a diaphragmatic hernia: a hole in the diaphragm between the chest cavity and the abdomen.
Dr Wilson said the knife had damaged 'a number of internal structures',' with the blade entering the left chest cavity between the fifth and sixth ribs, damaging cartilage and then the 'fibrous sack' around the heart.
They can remain in the lungs or settle in the linings of the lungs and the chest cavity, for long periods after exposure, and their presence can lead to many asbestos-related diseases.
'Usually when we open the chest cavity, if you push it you can tell the animal what's inside of its stomach, in the case of this one it felt solid as brick,' Blatchley told TIMES on Monday.
If you have pain on the right side of your chest you may first think about what 'lives' on the right side of your chest cavity or 'thorax.' This area is home to a portion of the right side of the heart, the right lung (three lobes), large blood vessels such as the ascending aorta and pulmonary blood vessels, the esophagus, and other structures such as lymph nodes, and nerves.
Dr Jones said if there was no rapid surgical intervention the blood would continue to pump and seep into the chest cavity, possibly compressing the heart and stopping it from beating.
Haq (name changed for confidentiality), a 33-year-old Pakistani, was diagnosed with left-sided diaphragmatic hernia, in which part of the organs from the belly move into the chest cavity near the lungs.
Pleural effusion is a build-up of fluid in the pleural space, which is the space in your cat's chest between the protective linings covering the lungs and the walls of the chest cavity itself.
Consultant pathologist Dr Rob Landers performed an autopsy the following day and said Mrs O'Grady suffered multiple rib injuries which caused a "massive internal bleed" into the chest cavity as well as a ruptured spleen and left kidney.