[ at-l-ek-tuh-sis ]
/ ˌæt lˈɛk tə sɪs /
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incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth, as from lack of breathing force.
collapse of the lungs, as from bronchial obstruction.
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Origin of atelectasis
OTHER WORDS FROM atelectasisat·e·lec·tat·ic [at-l-ek-tat-ik], /ˌæt l ɛkˈtæt ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby atelectasis
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British Dictionary definitions for atelectasis
/ (ˌætəˈlɛktəsɪs) /
failure of the lungs to expand fully at birth
collapse of the lung or a part of the lung, usually caused by bronchial obstruction
Word Origin for atelectasis
C19: New Latin, from Greek atelēs imperfect + ektasis extension
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Medical definitions for atelectasis
[ ăt′l-ĕk′tə-sĭs ]
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.
Other words from atelectasisat′e•lec•tat′ic (-ĕk-tăt′ĭk) adj.
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