bron·​chi·​ol·​i·​tis | \ ˌbräŋ-kē-ō-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce bronchiolitis (audio) \

Definition of bronchiolitis

: inflammation of the bronchioles

Examples of bronchiolitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The goal, the administration said, is to help more veterans receive benefits -- especially those with constrictive bronchiolitis, lung cancers and rare respiratory cancers. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, 11 Nov. 2021 For transplant recipients, bronchiolitis obliterans is like having an unstoppable asthma attack, Pavletic says. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, 5 Mar. 2020 That kind of damage is consistent with acute bronchiolitis, a very common type of infection similar to the common cold — but testing showed that it was not caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Dave Quinn,, 21 Nov. 2019 Doctors initially suspected the teen had bronchiolitis - a lung condition usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection - but tests came back negative for infection. Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Instead, the condition of his lungs suggested a potential case of bronchiolitis obliterans, the medical term for popcorn lung. Brittany Shammas, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Popcorn lung, or bronchiolitis obliterans, is an inflammatory condition that affects the bronchioles, tiny airways in the lungs. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 22 Nov. 2019 The Journal Sentinel investigation also detailed how five workers at a Texas coffee roasting facility became gravely ill from a serious and sometimes fatal lung disease called bronchiolitis obliterans. Raquel Rutledge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 May 2018 Wilson referenced a Colorado study that found 16 percent of kids hospitalized for a lung infection called bronchiolitis showed they had been exposed to marijuana smoke. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, 14 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bronchiolitis

1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bronchiolitis

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

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The first known use of bronchiolitis was in 1887

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“Bronchiolitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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bron·​chi·​ol·​itis | \ -ō-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce bronchiolitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of bronchiolitis

: inflammation of the bronchioles

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