bronchiectasis

noun
bron·​chi·​ec·​ta·​sis | \ˌbräŋ-kē-ˈek-tə-səs \
plural bronchiectases\ -​ˌsēz \

Definition of bronchiectasis 

: a chronic dilatation of bronchi or bronchioles

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An irreversible condition that causes widening and scarring of the airways, bronchiectasis impairs the ability of the lungs to clear out mucus, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that leads to repeated, damaging lung infections. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018 Mimi's breathing problems at birth were a key indicator, as was bronchiectasis. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018 Among the telltale symptoms: a persistent year-round wet cough, nasal congestion and frequent respiratory infections. Mimi’s breathing problems at birth were a key indicator, as was bronchiectasis. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Why did a little girl have a persistent ‘smoker’s cough’?," 31 Mar. 2018 People are dying of bronchiectasis in association with HTLV-1 infection, and what is the response? Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Doctors raise alarm about ancient disease: 'Prevalence is off the charts'," 7 May 2018 An irreversible condition that causes widening and scarring of the airways, bronchiectasis impairs the ability of the lungs to clear out mucus, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that leads to repeated, damaging lung infections. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018 The result was dismaying: There was evidence of a serious lung problem called bronchiectasis. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018 There was evidence of a serious lung problem called bronchiectasis. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Why did a little girl have a persistent ‘smoker’s cough’?," 31 Mar. 2018 An irreversible condition that causes widening and scarring of the airways, bronchiectasis impairs the ability of the lungs to clear out mucus, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that leads to repeated, damaging lung infections. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bronchiectasis

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bronchiectasis

New Latin, from bronchi- + Greek ektasis extension — more at atelectasis

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bronchiectasis

noun
bron·​chi·​ec·​ta·​sis | \ˌbräŋ-kē-ˈek-tə-səs \
variants: also bronchiectasia \ -​ek-​ˈtā-​zh(ē-​)ə \
plural bronchiectases\ -​ˌsēz \ also bronchiectasias\ -​zh(ē-​)əz \

Medical Definition of bronchiectasis 

: a chronic inflammatory or degenerative condition of one or more bronchi or bronchioles marked by dilatation and loss of elasticity of the walls

Other Words from bronchiectasis

bronchiectatic \ -​ek-​ˈtat-​ik \ adjective

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