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collapse

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verb col·lapse \kə-ˈlaps\

Medical Definition of collapse

collapsed; collapsing

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to fall or shrink together abruptly and completely :  fall into a jumbled or flattened mass through the force of external pressure <a blood vessel that collapsed>

  4. 2:  to break down in vital energy, stamina, or self-control through exhaustion or disease; especially :  to fall helpless or unconscious

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to cause to collapse <collapsing an infected lung>

collapsibility \-ˌlap-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\play noun
collapsible \-ˈlap-sə-bəl\play adjective



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collapse

noun col·lapse

Medical Definition of collapse

  1. 1:  a breakdown in vital energy, strength, or stamina :  complete sudden enervation <the daughter's mental collapse through mounting frustration—Leslie Rees>

  2. 2:  a state of extreme prostration and physical depression resulting from circulatory failure, great loss of body fluids, or heart disease and occurring terminally in diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever, and pneumonia

  3. 3:  an airless state of a lung of spontaneous origin or induced surgically—see atelectasis

  4. 4:  an abnormal falling together of the walls of an organ <collapse of blood vessels>





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