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incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth, as from lack of breathing force.
collapse of the lungs, as from bronchial obstruction.
failure of the lungs to expand fully at birth
collapse of the lung or a part of the lung, usually caused by bronchial obstruction

“incomplete expansion of the lungs,” 1836, medical Latin, from Greek ateles “imperfect, incomplete,” literally “without an end,” (from a-, privative prefix, + telos “completion”) + ektosis “extention.” Related: Atelectatic.

atelectasis at·e·lec·ta·sis (āt’l-ěk’tə-sĭs)

The absence of gas from all or a part of the lungs, due to failure of expansion or resorption of gas from the alveoli.

A congenital condition characterized by the incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth.

at’e·lec·tat’ic (-ěk-tāt’ĭk) adj.


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