bronchitis

noun bron·chi·tis \ brän-ˈkī-təs , bräŋ- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of bronchitis

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

bronchitic

play \-ˈki-tik\ 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.

Origin and Etymology of bronchitis

New Latin


BRONCHITIS Defined for English Language Learners

bronchitis

noun

Definition of bronchitis for English Language Learners

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


BRONCHITIS Defined for Kids

bronchitis

noun bron·chi·tis \ brän-ˈkī-təs \

Definition of bronchitis for Students

: a sore raw state of the bronchial tubes

Medical Dictionary

bronchitis

noun bron·chi·tis \ brän-ˈkīt-əs, bräŋ- \

medical Definition of bronchitis

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

bronchitic

play \-ˈkit-ik\ adjective


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