Medical Definition of Primary atelectasis
Primary atelectasis: Failure of the lung to expand fully at birth. In contrast to secondary atelectasis in which there is partial or complete collapse of a lung that once had expanded, as may happen after chest surgery.Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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