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Aug 31, 2005
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Words related to medicine

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with Anu Garg

atretic

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atretic (uh-TRET-ik) adjective

Of or relating to an abnormal closure or congenital absence of a bodily opening.

[From Neo-Latin, from Greek a- (not) + tresis (perforation).]

Is that aorta atretic?' Geoff asked."
Michael Ruhlman; Walk on Water: Inside an Elite Pediatric Surgical Unit; Viking Books; 2003.

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