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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Debbie Rivera, 54, and John Whaley, 58, who both suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, met several months ago in the health center's television room. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Terminally Ill Couple Marries in Hospice Care," 29 May 2015 The 92-year-old died of complications from congestive heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Barbara Bush loved keeping score at Astros games," 17 Apr. 2018 The cause was pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said a son, Paul Parent. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 8 July 2018 Consider: Insufficient sleep makes people more likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and obesity, among other chronic conditions. Sarah Gantz, Philly.com, "The high cost of getting a good night's sleep," 6 June 2018 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

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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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