SYN: subcutaneous emphysema. [aero- + G. derma, skin, + ektasis, a stretching out]

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aero·der·mec·ta·sia (ār″o-dur″mek-taґzhə) subcutaneous emphysema.

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  • Emphysema — 1) A lung condition featuring an abnormal accumulation of air in the lung s many tiny air sacs, a tissue called alveoli. As air continues to collect in these sacs, they become enlarged, and may break, or be damaged and form scar tissue. Emphysema …   Medical dictionary

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