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 (ə-trē′zhə, -zhē-ə)
1. The absence or closure of a normal body orifice or tubular passage such as the anus, intestine, or external ear canal.
2. The degeneration and resorption of one or more ovarian follicles before a state of maturity has been reached.

[New Latin atrēsia : Greek a-, not, without; see a-1 + Greek trēsis, perforation, orifice; see terə- in Indo-European roots.]

a·tre·sic (-zĭk, -sĭk) adj.


(əˈtriːʒɪə; -ʒə)
(Pathology) absence of or unnatural narrowing of a body channel
[C19: New Latin, from Greek atrētos not perforated]


(əˈtri ʒə, -ʒi ə)

the absence, or failure to develop, of a normal body opening or duct, as the ear canal.
[1800–10; < Greek a- a-6 + três(is) perforation + -ia -ia]
a•tre′sic (-zɪk, -sɪk) a•tret•ic (əˈtrɛt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.atresia - an abnormal condition in which a normal opening or tube in the body (as the urethra) is closed or absent
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies


n. atresia, cierre congénito anormal de una abertura o conducto del cuerpo.
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The other associated cardiac anomalies include left coronary artery originating from the pulmonary trunk, coronary arterioventricular fistulae, right coronnary artery atresia, pulmonar artery atresia, subpulmonary stenosis, anomalous pulmonary venous return, patent ductus arteriosus, tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries, dextrocardia and aortic atresia (8,9).
The listing of aortic atresia as cyanotic is arguable, according to my pediatric cardiology associates; I have never chosen to include it as such in my annual lectures to medical students, but perhaps I should reconsider.