bron·​chi·​tis | \brän-ˈkī-təs, bräŋ-\

Definition of bronchitis 

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

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bronchitic \-​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.

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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 Centeno Santos fell ill with bronchitis the next month. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Puerto Rican evacuee is 100th patient for new procedure at Osceola Regional: 'Now I can live longer'," 3 July 2018 The herb has a long history in India of being used to treat a variety of diseases from bronchitis to stomach ulcers. Sallee Ann Ruibal,, "Thai cave rescue: This is the meal boys requested after being saved," 10 July 2018 The National Weather Service issued an ash advisory, and several schools were closed due to elevated levels of sulfur dioxide, which can increase the risk of bronchitis and respiratory infections. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Just Erupted From Its Summit and Sent Ash 30,000 Feet in the Air: The Latest," 17 May 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 \

Kids Definition of bronchitis

: a sore raw state of the bronchial tubes


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

Other Words from bronchitis

bronchitic \-​ˈkit-​ik \ adjective

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