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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bronchitic \ brän-​ˈki-​tik How to pronounce bronchitic (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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Colley, who worked in the plant for several years in the '80s, said she was compensated under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act following a bronchitis diagnosis. Max Londberg,, "Health official: Planned study will review cancer rates near Portsmouth uranium plant," 5 June 2019 There were two serious side effects — one patient was hospitalized for bronchitis and another for an irregular heartbeat — but those were deemed due to their disease and pre-existing conditions, not the gene treatment. Fox News, "Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt," 7 Sep. 2018 But shortly into her sophomore season, Wilson came down with bronchitis, which forced her to curtail her practices and miss workouts, putting her behind in her progression. Jeff Tully,, "All-Area Girls' Swimmer of the Year: Burroughs' Wilson works back to enjoy success," 13 June 2018 Many cause sore throats, colds, fever, and slightly more serious illnesses like bronchitis. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "A look at the virus behind seven deaths at a New Jersey facility," 25 Oct. 2018 His wife also was in the hospital around the same time to treat a case of bronchitis. Matt Richardson, Fox News, "Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized one day after wife Barbara's funeral, spokesman says," 23 Apr. 2018 Huguette frequently spoke by phone to a cousin in California, who complained of bronchitis and other ailments, underlining for Huguette that going out into the world was fraught with germs and other perils. Meryl Gordon, Town & Country, "The Curious Life and Shocking Death of Huguette Clark," 21 May 2014 The most common ones for Xofluza include diarrhea and bronchitis, per the FDA; In Tamiflu, the most common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and headache. Korin Miller, SELF, "What You Need to Know About Xofluza, the New Flu Medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 Then head to your doctor, as bad breath could be a symptom of various medical conditions such as sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, gastric reflux, a tonsil infection, and even some liver or kidney diseases. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "Why You Should Never Ignore Sweet-Smelling Urine (or These Other Body Odors)," 3 Aug. 2018

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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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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

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

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