bron·​chi·​tis | \ brän-ˈkī-təs How to pronounce bronchitis (audio) , bräŋ- \

Definition of bronchitis

: acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes also : a disease marked by this

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Other Words from bronchitis

bronchitic \ brän-​ˈki-​tik How to pronounce bronchitis (audio) , bräŋ-​ \ adjective

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The bronchial tubes carry air into the tiny branches and smaller cells of the lungs. In bronchitis, the tubes become sore and you develop a deep cough. Bronchitis caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics, but there's no drug treatment for the more common kind caused by a virus. A bout of bronchitis may involve a couple of weeks of coughing (with no laughing allowed), weakness, and loss of energy and interest in doing things. Apart from that, bronchitis is rarely serious—at least if it doesn't progress to pneumonia.

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Recent Examples on the Web Prone to bad cases of bronchitis, Rusch, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t been able to see her friends at the local library or meet up with her women’s Chabad group for months. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "Grass-roots groups are helping the homebound get vaccines. They’re racing against the clock," 30 Mar. 2021 These patients are more likely to develop bronchitis and pneumonia from even the mildest respiratory infections. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Asthma Biologic May Reduce Severe Attacks By More Than 50%," 1 Mar. 2021 Historically, individuals with asthma are at much higher risk for developing bronchitis or pneumonia from even mild respiratory illnesses compared to the non-asthmatic population. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, "Studies Show That Asthma Does Not Increase Risk Of Severe Covid-19 Illness," 24 Feb. 2021 Urgent care: Back or muscle pain; bronchitis; cuts and minor burns; diarrhea; earache; skin conditions; sprains or joint pain; upper respiratory infection; urinary tract infections, and vomiting. Star Tribune, "Urgent care or emergency room? How to decide which to use," 19 Feb. 2021 Participants who had vaped cannabis any number of times from within the last month to their overall lifetime had a stronger link to symptoms of bronchitis (daily cough, congestion and phlegm) in comparison to people who had never vaped cannabis. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Young adults who vape cannabis are more likely to experience cough, bronchitis and wheezing, study finds," 24 Dec. 2020 Quecke has chronic bronchitis and asthma and had to stop working as a security guard. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, "Napa’s ‘Lake People’ feel stranded, abandoned," 24 Dec. 2020 Wright had a history of bronchitis and hypertension that could have exacerbated his infection. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "One man's struggle reflects Minnesota's loss of 5,000 to COVID," 24 Dec. 2020 The study, which published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that vaping cannabis at any frequency was linked with symptoms of bronchitis and wheezing in young adults around 19 years old. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Young adults who vape cannabis are more likely to experience cough, bronchitis and wheezing, study finds," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bronchitis

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bronchitis

New Latin

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2 Apr 2021

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“Bronchitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bronchitis

medical : an illness in which your bronchial tubes become sore or damaged and you cough a lot


bron·​chi·​tis | \ brän-ˈkī-təs How to pronounce bronchitis (audio) \

Kids Definition of bronchitis

: a sore raw state of the bronchial tubes


bron·​chi·​tis | \ brän-ˈkīt-əs, bräŋ- How to pronounce bronchitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of bronchitis

: acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes also : a disease marked by this

Other Words from bronchitis

bronchitic \ -​ˈkit-​ik How to pronounce bronchitis (audio) \ adjective

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