bronchitis

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bron·chi·tis

noun \brän-ˈkī-təs, bräŋ-\

medical : an illness in which your bronchial tubes become sore or damaged and you cough a lot

Full Definition of BRONCHITIS

:  acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes; also :  a disease marked by this
bron·chit·ic \-ˈki-tik\ adjective

Origin of BRONCHITIS

New Latin
First Known Use: 1808

bron·chi·tis

noun \brän-ˈkīt-əs, bräŋ-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BRONCHITIS

: acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes; also : a disease marked by this
bron·chit·ic \-ˈkit-ik\ adjective

bronchitis

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Inflammation in the bronchi of the lungs. Microbes and foreign matter that have entered the airways cause inflammation of the bronchi and stimulate excess secretion of mucus. Symptoms include a productive cough and a sensation of chest congestion. Long-term repetitive injury, as from smoking, may lead to chronic bronchitis, in which severe, irreversible damage leaves the lungs open to infection and fibrosis. Smoking-related chronic bronchitis often occurs in association with emphysema (together called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Treatment includes drugs to dilate the bronchi and promote coughing, antibiotics, and lifestyle adaptations (e.g., quitting smoking).

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