Definition of atelectasis in English:

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atelectasis

Pronunciation: /ˌadlˈektəsəs/

noun

Medicine
Partial or complete collapse of the lung.
Example sentences
  • Indications for postoperative mechanical ventilation are respiratory acidosis, severe hypoxemia, atelectasis, and pneumonia.
  • This edema leads to hyperinflation and atelectasis of the lungs, and wheezing.
  • The tumor or its effects, atelectasis or pneumonia, are usually evident on the chest radiograph.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek atelēs 'imperfect' + ektasis 'extension'.

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Syllabification: at·e·lec·ta·sis

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