- incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth, as from lack of breathing force.
- collapse of the lungs, as from bronchial obstruction.
Origin of atelectasis
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- failure of the lungs to expand fully at birth
- collapse of the lung or a part of the lung, usually caused by bronchial obstruction
C19: New Latin, from Greek atelēs imperfect + ektasis extension
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Word Origin and History for atelectasis
"incomplete expansion of the lungs," 1836, medical Latin, from Greek ateles "imperfect, incomplete," literally "without an end," (from a-, privative prefix, + telos "completion") + ektosis "extention." Related: Atelectatic.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The absence of gas from all or a part of the lungs, due to failure of expansion or resorption of gas from the alveoli.
- A congenital condition characterized by the incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth.
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