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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BreatheBetterTogether similarly found that a more personalized touch improved early intervention and reduced hospitalizations among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "Penn doctors test ideas for higher quality, lower cost health care," 17 Apr. 2018 His mom died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) a year later and his dad lost a long bout with cancer a year after that. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox's late draft full of surprises and one feel-good story in Matt Klug," 7 June 2018 In her final years, she was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as COPD, as well as congestive heart failure. John Crawley And Jamie Gangel, CNN, "Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies at 92," 17 Apr. 2018 Hoppe, who served in the Army from 1962 to 1966, is battling cancer for a second time, while also caring for his wife who has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and has difficulty breathing. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Donations pour in for sick veteran who tried to sell hearing aids on Facebook to pay for car," 23 May 2018 Interestingly, the highest risk of death for widowed men is a wife who dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD — one of Barbara Bush’s causes of death. Julia Belluz, Vox, "George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized. Could his broken heart be to blame?," 24 Apr. 2018 The former first family announced on Sunday that Bush, 92, decided to stop seeking medical care for complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Hannah Wiley, USA TODAY, "Preparing for a loved one's death: Steps you can take to ease the pain," 16 Apr. 2018 If that was the case for diabetes or heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, there would be a huge hullaballoo. Patrick Skerrett, STAT, "Hey, doctors: Why aren’t you stepping up to treat people with opioid addiction?," 5 July 2018 Over the past two years, Pearson developed three HoloPatient scenarios—the allergic cyclist, an older adult taking a balance test and a victim of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—with the schools. Leigh Kamping-carder, WSJ, "How Holograms Are Helping Medical Training," 5 July 2018

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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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