rhonchus

noun

rhon·​chus ˈräŋ-kəs How to pronounce rhonchus (audio)
plural rhonchi ˈräŋ-ˌkī How to pronounce rhonchus (audio)
: a whistling or snoring sound heard on auscultation of the chest when the air channels are partly obstructed

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhonchus was in 1827

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Cite this Entry

“Rhonchus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhonchus. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

rhonchus

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