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[brong-kee-uh l]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. pertaining to the bronchia or bronchi.
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Origin of bronchial

First recorded in 1725–35; bronchi(a) + -al1
Related formsbron·chi·al·ly, adverbin·ter·bron·chi·al, adjectivepost·bron·chi·al, adjectivepre·bron·chi·al, adjectivesub·bron·chi·al, adjectivesub·bron·chi·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples of bronchial

  • The lung was not yet attacked, but the bronchial tubes were affected.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • Oh, how grateful I felt to my dear bronchial tubes, for they have sent me to Italy!

  • The juice is prescribed in doses of 30–60 grams in bronchial catarrh.

  • The leaves are used in bronchial troubles and the seeds are sudorific.

  • He had a bronchial cold, and my visit was, as he said, purely precautionary.

    The Romance of His Life

    Mary Cholmondeley

British Dictionary definitions for bronchial


  1. of or relating to the bronchi or the bronchial tubes
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Derived Formsbronchially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bronchial


c.1735, from Late Latin bronchus, from Greek bronkhos "windpipe, throat" (from PIE *gwronkh-, from root *gwere- "to swallow") + -al (1). bronchial tubes is from 1847.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bronchial in Medicine


  1. Relating to the bronchi, the bronchial tubes, or the bronchioles.
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