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atelectasis

atelectasis

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

Definition of ATELECTASIS

:  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

atelectasis

noun at·el·ec·ta·sis \ˌat-əl-ˈek-tə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural at·el·ec·ta·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of ATELECTASIS

:  collapse of the expanded lung; also :  defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth
at·el·ec·tat·ic \-ek-ˈtat-ik\ adjective

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