Definition of patency in English:


Line breaks: pa¦tency
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪt(ə)nsi


[mass noun] Medicine
  • 1The condition of being open or unobstructed: the procedure was successful in restoring the patency of the fallopian tubes [as modifier]: patency rates
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    • Because of the poor prognosis, palliative methods are needed to maintain airway patency.
    • Most patients will maintain airway patency although some may require intubation with mechanical ventilation.
    • But the possibility of natural conception depends on the tubal patency and ovulatory function.
  • 1.1The condition of showing detectable parasite infection: a complication, once patency is established in the bitch, is contamination of the environment with eggs

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