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[brong-kahy-tis] /brɒŋˈkaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology.
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
From New Latin, dating back to 1812; See origin at bronch-, -itis
Related forms
[brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Miss Matthews' cold proved to be bronchitis, and Bettina insisted on nursing her.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • The former may follow an attack of bronchitis, or it may have a spontaneous origin.

    Cattle and Their Diseases Robert Jennings
  • Do you want to be laid up with bronchitis or congestion of the lungs?

    Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Her cough seems so much worse, I fear it will turn to bronchitis.

    We Two Edna Lyall
  • A bronchitis tent should be quickly improvised so that the child can be "steamed."

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The oil-silk jacket is used in bronchitis of babies and children.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Perhaps that most convenient for the young infant is the "bronchitis tent."

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • Some have had their beginning in a sleepless night and their end in a day of bronchitis.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
British Dictionary definitions for bronchitis


inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
Derived Forms
bronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk) adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for bronchitis

coined in Modern Latin 1808 by Charles Bedham, from bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + -itis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bronchitis in Medicine

bronchitis bron·chi·tis (brŏn-kī'tĭs, brŏng-)
Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.

bron·chit'ic (-kĭt'ĭk) adj.
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bronchitis in Science
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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