atelectasis

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

Definition of atelectasis 

: collapse of the expanded lung also : defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth

First Known Use of atelectasis

1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for atelectasis

New Latin, from Greek atelēs incomplete, defective (from a- a- entry 2 + 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 \
plural atelectases\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of atelectasis 

: collapse of the expanded lung also : defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth

Other Words from atelectasis

atelectatic \-ek-ˈtat-ik \ adjective

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