- plural of bronchus.
- either of the two main branches of the trachea.
Origin of bronchus
1700–10; < New Latin < Greek brónchos windpipe
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Examples from the Web for bronchi
Their size varies with that of the bronchi in which they are formed.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
The first of these tubes are called the trache and the latter the bronchi.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
It affects the bronchi but slightly, since it contains no volatile oil.
Both kinds of cavities may either be closed or have an opening into the bronchi.Makers of Modern Medicine
James J. Walsh
It passed through the bronchi without stimulating the glottis, and produced no uneasy sensations in the lungs.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 1 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
- the plural of bronchus
- either of the two main branches of the trachea, which contain cartilage within their walls
C18: from New Latin, from Greek bronkhos windpipe
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Word Origin and History for bronchi
1706 (plural bronchi), from Greek bronkhos "the wind pipe" (see bronchial).
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- Either of two main branches of the trachea, leading directly to the lungs.
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- Either of the two main branches of the trachea that lead to the lungs, where they divide into smaller branches.
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