chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun

Definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

: pulmonary disease (such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) that is characterized by chronic typically irreversible airway obstruction resulting in a slowed rate of exhalation abbreviation COPD

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One of her daughters suffers from asthma and Koval’s father, Bob Standring, passed away earlier this year due to complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, brought on by cigarette smoking. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Santee officially ends smoking in its parks," 23 Aug. 2019 In addition to eye and respiratory tract irritation, this particulate matter — PM2.5 in scientific shorthand — can exacerbate heart and lung issues, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and may lead to premature death. Mark Kreidler, Los Angeles Times, "Alarmed by dense wildfire smoke, Californians are snapping up home air purifiers," 5 Aug. 2019 Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center is offering a new lung valve treatment for patients with severe emphysema, a life-threatening form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Health briefing: UCF’s Limbitless Solutions partners with 3-D manufacturer," 12 July 2019 The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday refused to take up an appeal by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit stemming from the death of a 56-year-old Miami man who had lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. sun-sentinel.com, "Florida Supreme Court won’t hear R.J. Reynolds’ appeal of $14.7 million award in Miami smoker’s death," 11 July 2019 His son David said the cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. BostonGlobe.com, "Daniel Callahan, bioethics pioneer who weighed ‘human finitude,’ dies at 88," 24 July 2019 The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said Dr. Callahan’s son David. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Daniel Callahan, preeminent and probing bioethicist, dies at 88," 23 July 2019 The cause of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Tigerman’s wife and business partner Margaret McCurry told Architect magazine. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "Iconoclastic Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, who shaped the city with his buildings and ideas, dies at 88," 4 June 2019 La Susa suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and suffered a severe episode in January. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eileen La Susa, the wife of Wauwatosa Alderman Ernst-Ulrich Franzen and a former media professional, has died," 16 July 2019

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1967, in the meaning defined above

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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun
variants: also chronic obstructive lung disease

Medical Definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

: pulmonary disease (as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) that is characterized by chronic typically irreversible airway obstruction resulting in a slowed rate of exhalation

called also COPD

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