- acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
Origin of bronchitis
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Such secondary forms may be bronchitic, cardiac, renal, peptic or thymic.
- inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
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Word Origin and History for bronchitic
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- Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
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- Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes, often as a result of a cold or other viral infection. Smoking is also a common cause of chronic bronchitis.
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