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atelectasis

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noun at·el·ec·ta·sis \ˌa-tə-ˈlek-tə-səs\

Definition of atelectasis

plural at·el·ec·ta·sesplay \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  collapse of the expanded lung; also :  defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth



Origin of atelectasis

New Latin, from Greek atelēs incomplete, defective (from a- 2a- + telos end) + ektasis extension, from ekteinein to stretch out, from ex- + teinein to stretch — more at telos, thin


First Known Use: 1859


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atelectasis

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noun at·el·ec·ta·sis \ˌat-əl-ˈek-tə-səs\

Medical Definition of atelectasis

plural at·el·ec·ta·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  collapse of the expanded lung; also :  defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth

  2. at·el·ec·tat·ic \-ek-ˈtat-ik\play adjective




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