bron·​chi·​ec·​ta·​sis | \ ˌbräŋ-kē-ˈek-tə-səs How to pronounce bronchiectasis (audio) \
plural bronchiectases\ ˌbräŋ-​kē-​ˈek-​tə-​ˌsēz How to pronounce bronchiectasis (audio) \

Definition of bronchiectasis

: a chronic dilatation of bronchi or bronchioles

Examples of bronchiectasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The walls of the lungs' small airways can become thickened because of chronic inflammation and infection (bronchiectasis) or inflamed or injured (bronchiolitis). SELF, 26 Nov. 2020 This syndrome is a sign that the nails weren't able to grow correctly and is often due to a lung condition called bronchiectasis or lymphatic disease. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 26 July 2021 In a recent study by the global pharmaceutical company Insmed, which is funding the new trial, this drug reduced inflammation in people with a chronic respiratory condition called bronchiectasis. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, 28 Apr. 2020 The cause was complications from bronchiectasis, a lung disease, said a daughter, Rose Devitt. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2019 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,, 5 Apr. 2018 Mimi's breathing problems at birth were a key indicator, as was bronchiectasis. Sandra G. Boodman,, 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, 31 Mar. 2018 People are dying of bronchiectasis in association with HTLV-1 infection, and what is the response? Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 7 May 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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5 Jan 2022

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

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 How to pronounce bronchiectasis (audio) \ adjective

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