noun[mass noun] Medicine
Partial collapse or incomplete inflation of the lung.
- 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.
Mid 19th century: from Greek atelēs 'imperfect' + ektasis 'extension'.
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