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 Indigenous people made an herbal tea from its leaves and berries to treat poison oak rash, bronchitis, and stomach and kidney ailments. Brian E. Clark, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Ozone, commonly known as smog, can inflame the lining of people’s lungs and trigger asthma attacks, while exacerbating other ailments such as bronchitis and emphysema. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Sep. 2021 But Josie Burko suffered from severe diabetes, a heart murmur and chronic bronchitis and worried her body would react badly. oregonlive, 16 Sep. 2021 The family moved to San Antonio after Figgi developed bronchitis, then opened Rosengren’s Books in 1935 on the sixth floor of the Milam Building. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Sep. 2021 In the short term, research has shown that non-wildfire smoke can exacerbate preexisting heart and lung disease, asthma and lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchitis or pneumonia. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Poor air quality is linked to spikes in multiple health issues, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, heart attacks and stroke. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 Sarah missed teaching her first week of school and was left with bronchitis, an ear infection and serious exhaustion. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 23 Aug. 2021 Sensitive individuals include children, older adults and anyone with lung disease such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021

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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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“Bronchitis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bronchitis

: 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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