bronchiolitis

noun

bron·​chi·​ol·​i·​tis ˌbräŋ-kē-ō-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce bronchiolitis (audio)
: inflammation of the bronchioles

Examples of bronchiolitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Children with severe bronchiolitis might need treatment in the hospital.4 What Does Wheezing Sound Like? Nicole Harris, Parents, 25 Aug. 2023 Children can still get infected and may develop a cough or bronchiolitis, inflammation of the airways of the lung. Helen Branswell, STAT, 7 Mar. 2024 More severe infections can cause bronchiolitis, an inflammation of the small airways in the lung, pneumonia, and an infection of the lungs. The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2024 Health experts interviewed mentioned the risk of developing bronchiolitis is greater in these infants, that usually requires respiratory support in the hospital. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2024 People may develop potentially fatal infections such as pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which is inflammation in the lungs’ airways. Sherri Gordon, Health, 27 Sep. 2023 In young children, wheezing is usually caused by one of two factors—bronchiolitis or asthma—and it can often be managed at home. Nicole Harris, Parents, 25 Aug. 2023 In serious cases, however, an infection can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which inflames airways and clogs them with mucus. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 21 Aug. 2023 The virus causes a lower respiratory illness that is generally mild, but in serious cases can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which inflames airways and clogs them with mucus. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, from bronchiolum bronchiole + -itis -itis

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bronchiolitis was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Bronchiolitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bronchiolitis. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

bronchiolitis

noun
bron·​chi·​ol·​itis -ō-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce bronchiolitis (audio)
: inflammation of the bronchioles

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