- a diseased condition in which a bronchus or the bronchi are distended, characterized by paroxysmal coughing and copious expectoration of sputum.
Origin of bronchiectasis
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In the United States the bulb is given in doses of -2 drachms in cases of bronchiectasis and phthisis pulmonalis.
(c) Decomposition of exudates anywhere in the body, as in empyema, bronchiectasis, and large tuberculous cavities.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
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- chronic dilation of the bronchi or bronchial tubes, which often become infected
C19: from broncho- + Greek ektasis a stretching
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Word Origin and History for bronchiectasis
Modern Latin, from Greek bronkhia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + ektasis "a stretching out, extension, dilation."
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- Chronic dilation of bronchi or bronchioles, often due to inflammatory disease or obstruction.
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