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

Examples of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those with reactive lung disease, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, adapt to the world on fire. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Gallagan said the risk is greater for older people and children, and for anyone with heart or lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Star Tribune, 31 July 2021 The person who died also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cirrhosis, and died 10 days after being hospitalized. Korin Miller, Health.com, 2 July 2021 Researchers analyzed levels of nitrogen dioxide, an air pollutant related to traffic and associated with health impacts, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. Alexis E. Carrington, ABC News, 31 July 2021 The patient hospitalized in March had preexisting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cirrhosis, which may have exacerbated the melioidosis infection. Washington Post, 1 July 2021 Smoking rates among adults have declined significantly in recent decades as public health campaigns spread awareness of smoking's health risks, which include lung and other cancers, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 This pollutant can trigger coughing and shortness of breath, and lead to asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and other diseases. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 June 2021 Interferon-beta, used by severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients to better fight off viral infections. National Geographic, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

1967, in the meaning defined above

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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 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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