Definition: 'Hypostatic Pneumonia'
hypostatic pneumoniaType: Term
1. pneumonia resulting from infection developing in the dependent portions of the lungs due to decreased ventilation of those areas, with resulting failure to drain bronchial secretions; occurs primarily in old people or those debilitated by disease who remain recumbent in the same position for long periods.
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