chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun

Definition of CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

:  pulmonary disease (as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) that is characterized by chronic typically irreversible airway obstruction resulting in a slowed rate of exhalation —abbreviation COPD

First Known Use of CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

1967

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

: pulmonary disease (as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) that is characterized by chronic typically irreversible airway obstruction resulting in a slowed rate of exhalation—abbreviation COPD

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Progressive respiratory disease characterized by the combination of signs and symptoms of emphysema and bronchitis. COPD is caused by the inhalation of noxious particles such as those found in tobacco smoke. In rare cases COPD is caused by a genetic defect. The primary symptoms of the disease include breathlessness and a “smoker's cough.” There is no cure for COPD. However, symptom severity may be reduced by removal of the noxious trigger. Treatment may include drugs that widen the airways (bronchodilators), pulmonary rehabilitation (supervised exercise), and home oxygen.

Variants of CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

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