Medical Dictionary


verb col·lapse \kə-ˈlaps\

Medical Definition of COLLAPSE

intransitive verb
:  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>
:  to break down in vital energy, stamina, or self-control through exhaustion or disease; especially :  to fall helpless or unconscious
transitive verb
:  to cause to collapse <collapsing an infected lung>
col·laps·ibil·i·ty \-ˌlap-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē\ noun
col·laps·ible \-ˈlap-sə-bəl\ adjective


July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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