Vapor Thorax

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Vapor Thorax

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A condition characterized by the existence of large water-vapor bubbles in the intrapleural space between the lungs and the chest wall, occurring when an unprotected person (or animal) is exposed to ambient pressures less than 47 millimeters of mercury and water at body temperature vaporizes from the liquid state. </dd>

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This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use