noun \ˌat-əl-ˈek-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
at·el·ec·tat·ic \-ek-ˈtat-ik\ adjective

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