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

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.

Examples of bronchitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, bronchitis, lung cancer, bronchiectasis, other types of pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are some of the other things that can cause hemoptysis, which is the medical term for coughing up blood. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Wild birds can spread diseases such as mycoplasma, infectious bronchitis, Salmonella and other diseases to poultry and vice versa. Leada Gore |, al, 2 May 2022 November 6, 2011 - Hospitalized after suffering from a fever and bronchitis. CNN, 15 Dec. 2021 Young children, the elderly and others who have respiratory issues — such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema — are more vulnerable to ozone’s effects. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 In the lungs, the particles can inflame tissues, causing or exacerbating asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other problems. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2022 All four air pollutants measured by the new monitoring equipment in Tucson have been shown to cause respiratory problems, including airway inflammation and asthma, as well as respiratory disease like emphysema and bronchitis. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2022 Data indicate that Omicron replicates best in the upper airways, not the lungs, making Covid infections in most vaccinated people akin to bronchitis or the common cold, not pneumonia. Maria Raven, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022 The bill also would provide new or increased disability benefits to thousands of veterans who have become ill with cancer or respiratory conditions such as bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Kevin Freking, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Bronchitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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