Meaning of atelectasis

at•e•lec•ta•sis

Pronunciation: (at"l-ek'tu-sis), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth, as from lack of breathing force.
  2. collapse of the lungs, as from bronchial obstruction.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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