chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun

: 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

Examples of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ventilator is typically used to help people who have conditions that can affect the respiratory system, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), neuromuscular conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or restrictive thoracic disorders. Chantelle Lee, TIME, 11 July 2024 As a class, beta-blockers can be dangerous for people with lung diseases like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and those with diabetes.6 However, there are some differences between atenolol and metoprolol. Alex Yampolsky, Verywell Health, 11 July 2024 The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema, said a statement from Carnegie Science, a research group that Dr. Singer headed from 1988 to 2002. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 10 July 2024 The life-long smoker died of congestive heart failure in April 2018 after suffering for years from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Larry Welborn, Orange County Register, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chronic%20obstructive%20pulmonary%20disease. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun
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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