lower respiratory


: of, relating to, or affecting the lower respiratory tract
a lower respiratory infection

Examples of lower respiratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In August, the FDA approved the RSVpreF vaccine for use in pregnant people during weeks 32 through 36 of gestation for the prevention of lower respiratory tract disease in infants. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Sep. 2023 Results from clinical trials show Beyfortus prevents RSV lower respiratory tract disease in infants and children entering or during their first RSV season. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2023 In a clinical trial with nearly 25,000 participants, Arexvy was shown to be 83 percent effective in preventing lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV in older adults. Carolyn Y. Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2023 Key Facts GlaxoSmithKline’s Arexvy is now approved for people ages 60 and older to prevent lower respiratory tract disease caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Molly Bohannon, Forbes, 3 May 2023 In a Phase 3 clinical trial, the Pfizer vaccine was shown to reduce the risk of severe lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV by 82% at three months after birth and 69% at six months. Helen Branswell, STAT, 21 Aug. 2023 When a lower respiratory infection (such as viral pneumonia) is suspected, the healthcare provider may ask for a sputum specimen. Sherry Christiansen Updated, Verywell Health, 3 Aug. 2023 Respiratory syncytial virus causes lower respiratory illness and is most severe for older adults and babies under 6 months old. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 8 June 2023 The virus causes a lower respiratory illness that is generally mild, but in serious cases can lead to pneumonia or bronchiolitis, which inflames airways and clogs them with mucus. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lower respiratory was in 1883

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“Lower respiratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lower%20respiratory. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

lower respiratory

: of, relating to, or affecting the lower respiratory tract
lower respiratory infections
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