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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- at·e·lec·tat·ic [at-l-ek-tat-ik], /ˌæt l ɛkˈtæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for atelectasis
failure of the lungs to expand fully at birth
collapse of the lung or a part of the lung, usually caused by bronchial obstruction
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