Medical Dictionary

emphysema

noun em·phy·se·ma \ˌem(p)-fə-ˈzē-mə, -ˈsē-\

Medical Definition of EMPHYSEMA

:  a condition characterized by air-filled expansions in interstitial or subcutaneous tissues; specifically :  a condition of the lung that is marked by distension and eventual rupture of the alveoli with progressive loss of pulmonary elasticity, that is accompanied by shortness of breath with or without cough, and that may lead to impairment of heart action
em·phy·se·ma·tous \-ˈzem-ət-əs, -ˈsem-, -ˈzēm-, -ˈsēm-\ adjective
em·phy·se·mic \-ˈzē-mik, -ˈsē-\ adjective
July 03, 2015
interpellate Hear it
to formally question a public official
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears