rhonchus

noun
rhon·​chus | \ ˈräŋ-kəs How to pronounce rhonchus (audio) \
plural rhonchi\ ˈräŋ-​ˌkī How to pronounce rhonchus (audio) \

Definition of rhonchus

: a whistling or snoring sound heard on auscultation of the chest when the air channels are partly obstructed

First Known Use of rhonchus

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhonchus

Late Greek, from rhenchein to snore, wheeze; probably akin to Old Irish sreinnid he snores

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The first known use of rhonchus was in 1827

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“Rhonchus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhonchus. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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rhonchus

noun
rhon·​chus | \ ˈräŋ-kəs How to pronounce rhonchus (audio) \
plural rhonchi\ ˈräŋ-​ˌkī How to pronounce rhonchus (audio) \

Medical Definition of rhonchus

: a whistling or snoring sound heard on auscultation of the chest when the air channels are partly obstructed — compare rale, rattle sense 2

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