atresia

noun
atre·​sia | \ ə-ˈtrē-zhə How to pronounce atresia (audio) \

Definition of atresia

1 : absence or closure of a natural passage of the body
2 : absence or disappearance of an anatomical part (such as an ovarian follicle) by degeneration

Examples of atresia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web A’ja developed a benign tumor on her lip and Kyrie was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a liver disease that will require Kyrie to undergo a transplant. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Community Donates Breast Milk to Baby Twins When Mom Struggles to Produce: It's 'Amazing to See'," 7 Oct. 2019 Sadie was born with biliary atresia, a condition in infants in which the bile ducts outside and inside the liver are scarred and blocked, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Fernando Alfonso Iii, CNN, "CNN analyst Bakari Sellers' baby daughter receives liver transplant, ending months of waiting," 12 Sep. 2019 This is due to atresia, the ASRM explains, or the natural process through which follicles that house eggs in the ovaries degenerate and die. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Fertility and Age 35 Thing," 22 Aug. 2019 Didn’t Want to Get Too Close’ to Son Billy at First Kimmel and his wife revealed that their son underwent two heart surgeries after he was born with a congenital heart condition, tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Theroux Avoids Running Into Ex Jennifer Aniston at Jimmy Kimmel's Son's Birthday Bash," 23 Apr. 2018 The Jimmy Kimmel Live host’s son was born with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "Jimmy Kimmel wishes son Billy a happy 1st birthday in sweet Instagram post," 21 Apr. 2018 Kimmel's son Billy, who turns one in April, was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia, which kicked off his crusade for affordable health care. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Ellen DeGeneres dedicates room at Children’s Hospital L.A. to Jimmy Kimmel's son, Billy," 27 Feb. 2018 Robertson, who lists his favorite wrestlers as John Cena and Roman Reigns, was stricken at birth with biliary atresia, a liver disease that stunted his growth and has required two transplants among 36 surgeries. Gene Guillot, NOLA.com, "Jarrius Robertson to receive The Warrior Award at WWE Hall of Fame ceremony," 26 Feb. 2018 Billy suffers from the congenital heart condition tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Jimmy Kimmel Holds Back Tears as He Returns to Live! with Baby Son Billy in His Arms," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of atresia

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for atresia

New Latin, from a- entry 2 + Greek trēsis perforation, from tetrainein to pierce — more at throw entry 1

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9 Jan 2020

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“Atresia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atresia. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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atresia

noun
atre·​sia | \ ə-ˈtrē-zhə How to pronounce atresia (audio) \

Medical Definition of atresia

1 : absence or closure of a natural passage of the body atresia of the small intestine
2 : absence or disappearance of an anatomical part (as an ovarian follicle) by degeneration

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