atelectasis [at-l-ek-tuh-sis] Word Origin noun Pathology.
- incomplete expansion of the lungs at birth, as from lack of breathing force.
- collapse of the lungs, as from bronchial obstruction.
Origin of atelectasis 1855–60; New Latin;+ Greek éktasis a stretching out, equivalent to ek- + ta-, variant stem of teínein to stretch + -sis Related formsat·e·lec·tat·ic [at-l-ek-tat-ik] /ˌæt l ɛkˈtæt ɪk/, adjective British Dictionary definitions for atelectasis atelectasis noun
- failure of the lungs to expand fully at birth
- collapse of the lung or a part of the lung, usually caused by bronchial obstruction
Word Origin for atelectasis C19: New Latin, from Greek atelēs imperfect + ektasis extension Word Origin and History for atelectasis n.
“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 in Medicine atelectasis [ăt′l-ĕk′tə-sĭs] n.
- 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.
Related formsat′e•lec•tat′ic (-ĕk-tăt′ĭk) adj.