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[rong-kuh s] /ˈrɒŋ kəs/
noun, plural rhonchi
[rong-kahy] /ˈrɒŋ kaɪ/ (Show IPA)
a wheezing or snoring sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by an accumulation of mucus or other material.
Origin of rhonchus
1820-30; < Latin: a snoring, croaking < Late Greek rhónchos, variant of Greek rhénchos
Related forms
[rong-kee-uh l] /ˈrɒŋ ki əl/ (Show IPA),
[rong-kuh l] /ˈrɒŋ kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for rhonchi


noun (pl) -chi (-kaɪ)
a rattling or whistling respiratory sound resembling snoring, caused by secretions in the trachea or bronchi
Derived Forms
rhonchal, rhonchial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin, from Greek rhenkhos snoring
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Word Origin and History for rhonchi



plural rhonchi, 1829, from Latinized form of Greek rhenkhos, rhankos, properly "a snoring, snorting," from rhenkein "to snore, snort," of imitative origin. Related: Rhonchal; rhonchial.

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rhonchi in Medicine

rhonchus rhon·chus (rŏng'kəs)
n. pl. rhon·chi (-kī)
A coarse rattling sound somewhat like snoring, usually caused by secretion in a bronchial tube.

rhon'chal (-kəl) adj.
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