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Medical Term:

adhesive atelectasis

Definition

alveolar collapse in the presence of patent airways, especially when surfactant is inactivated or absent, particularly in respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn, acute radiation pneumonitis, or viral pneumonia.

Synonym(s): microatelectasis, nonobstructive atelectasis

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