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English definition of “patency”

patency

noun [U]     /ˈpeɪ.tən.si/ US  // specialized
the state of being open : It is important that airway patency is maintained , so that the patient can continue breathing .Open and closed
(Definition of patency noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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