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bronchiectasis

[brong-kee-ek-tuh-sis]
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noun Pathology.
  1. a diseased condition in which a bronchus or the bronchi are distended, characterized by paroxysmal coughing and copious expectoration of sputum.

Origin of bronchiectasis

1875–80; bronchi-, combining form of bronchia + Greek éktasis a stretching out, equivalent to ek- ec- + ta-, variant stem of teínein to stretch + -sis -sis
Related formsbron·chi·ec·tat·ic [brong-kee-ek-tat-ik] /ˌbrɒŋ ki ɛkˈtæt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bronchiectasis

Historical Examples

  • In the United States the bulb is given in doses of -2 drachms in cases of bronchiectasis and phthisis pulmonalis.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 4

    Various

  • (c) Decomposition of exudates anywhere in the body, as in empyema, bronchiectasis, and large tuberculous cavities.


British Dictionary definitions for bronchiectasis

bronchiectasis

noun
  1. chronic dilation of the bronchi or bronchial tubes, which often become infected

Word Origin

C19: from broncho- + Greek ektasis a stretching
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Word Origin and History for bronchiectasis

n.

Modern Latin, from Greek bronkhia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + ektasis "a stretching out, extension, dilation."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bronchiectasis in Medicine

bronchiectasis

(brŏng′kē-ĕktə-sĭs)
n.
  1. Chronic dilation of bronchi or bronchioles, often due to inflammatory disease or obstruction.
Related formsbron′chi•ec•tatic (-ĕk-tătĭk) null adj.
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