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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Echenberg/Redferns McCafferty, who was known for his gritty vocals and dominating stage presence, announced his retirement from Nazareth due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2013. Emlyn Travis,, 9 Nov. 2022 In a 2014 interview with Classic Rock Here and Now, McCafferty opened up about life with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which Mayo Clinic describes as a chronic inflammatory lung disease that obstructs airflow from the lungs. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 9 Nov. 2022 Among adults, the elderly, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, cancer patients and bone marrow transplant patients are high risk for developing complications of RSV. Julie Washington, cleveland, 2 Nov. 2022 November is awareness month for diabetes (and diabetic eye disease), bladder health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung/pancreatic/stomach cancers, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and bladder health. Scott Lafee, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Nov. 2022 All but one Covid-19 patient who died had serious health problems such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure and obesity. Jon Kamp, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 Relative but significant improvements Patients and caregivers of patients who have emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can learn more about the valves by speaking with their doctor. Devi Shastri, Journal Sentinel, 31 Aug. 2022 These can include chronic pain conditions, metabolic or thyroid conditions, anemia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 Allergies, asthma, and similar issues are often handled by primary care physicians, but patients are sent to pulmonologists when problems escalate — think severe asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD; or emphysema. Julie Appleby And Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was in 1967

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“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

variants also chronic obstructive lung 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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