atresia

[ uh-tree-zhuh, -zhee-uh ]
/ əˈtri ʒə, -ʒi ə /

noun Medicine/Medical.

the congenital absence, or the pathological closure, of an opening, passage, or cavity.

Origin of atresia

1800–10; < New Latin < Greek a- a-6 + três(is) perforation + -ia -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM atresia

a·tre·sic [uh-tree-zik, -sik] /əˈtri zɪk, -sɪk/, a·tret·ic [uh-tret-ik] /əˈtrɛt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for atresia

atresia
/ (əˈtriːʒɪə, -ʒə) /

noun

absence of or unnatural narrowing of a body channel

Word Origin for atresia

C19: New Latin, from Greek atrētos not perforated
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Medicine definitions for atresia

atresia
[ ə-trēzhə, -zhē-ə ]

n.

The congenital absence or closure of a normal body orifice or tubular passage such as the anus, intestine, or external ear canal.
The degeneration and resorption of one or more ovarian follicles before maturation.
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