chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

noun
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

1967


Medical Dictionary

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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