bronchospasm

noun

bron·​cho·​spasm ˈbräŋ-kə-ˌspa-zəm How to pronounce bronchospasm (audio)
: constriction of the air passages of the lung (as in asthma) by spasmodic contraction of the bronchial muscles
bronchospastic adjective

Examples of bronchospasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Acid reflux can trigger bronchospasm, or a tightening of the muscles that line your airways.8 Bronchospasm can worsen underlying asthma and cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing. Mark Gurarie, Health, 15 Feb. 2024 When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles in the airways tighten in an event known as a bronchospasm. Jack Knudson, Discover Magazine, 12 Jan. 2024 This can provide relief to COPD patients experiencing bronchospasms, a common symptom of the condition. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 24 June 2023 The other is due to bronchospasm, which happens when the muscles lining the airways in the lungs spasm and constrict, Dr. Elliott says. Sara Gaynes Levy, SELF, 31 May 2022

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Word History

Etymology

probably borrowed from German Bronchospasmus, from broncho- broncho- + Spasmus spasm

First Known Use

circa 1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bronchospasm was circa 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Bronchospasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bronchospasm. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

bronchospasm

noun
bron·​cho·​spasm ˈbräŋ-kə-ˌspaz-əm How to pronounce bronchospasm (audio)
: constriction of the air passages of the lung (as in asthma) by spasmodic contraction of the bronchial muscles
bronchospastic adjective
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