atelectasis

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

Definition of atelectasis

plural atelectases play \-ˌsēz\
:collapse of the expanded lung; also :defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth

Origin and Etymology 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


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atelectasis

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

medical Definition of atelectasis

plural atelectases play \-ˌsēz\
:collapse of the expanded lung; also :defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth

atelectatic

play \-ek-ˈtat-ik\ adjective

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