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[brong-kee-ek-tuh-sis] /ˌbrɒŋ kiˈɛk tə sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
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
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[brong-kee-ek-tat-ik] /ˌbrɒŋ ki ɛkˈtæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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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

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

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bronchiectasis in Medicine

bronchiectasis bron·chi·ec·ta·sis (brŏng'kē-ěk'tə-sĭs)
Chronic dilation of bronchi or bronchioles, often due to inflammatory disease or obstruction.

bron'chi·ec·tat'ic (-ěk-tāt'ĭk) or bron'chi·ec·ta'sic (-tā'sĭk, -zĭk) adj.
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