meaning of Atelectasis

Atelectasis meaning in Medical Dictionary

Failure of full expansion associated with the lung at birth, or lung failure thereafter. Also referred to as collapsed lung.

Atelectasis meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"incomplete expansion of the lung area," 1836, health Latin, from Greek ateles "imperfect, partial," virtually "without a conclusion," (from a-, privative prefix, + telos "conclusion") + ektosis "extention." Related: Atelectatic.

Atelectasis meaning in General Dictionary

collapse of a broadened lung (especially in babies); also failure of pulmonary alveoli to grow at birth