[ 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

OTHER WORDS FROM bronchiectasis

bron·chi·ec·tat·ic [brong-kee-ek-tat-ik] /ˌbrɒŋ ki ɛkˈtæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bronchiectasis

/ (ˌbrɒŋkɪˈɛktəsɪs) /


chronic dilation of the bronchi or bronchial tubes, which often become infected

Word Origin for bronchiectasis

C19: from broncho- + Greek ektasis a stretching
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Medical definitions for bronchiectasis

[ brŏng′kē-ĕktə-sĭs ]


Chronic dilation of bronchi or bronchioles, often due to inflammatory disease or obstruction.

Other words from bronchiectasis

bron′chi•ec•tatic (-ĕk-tătĭk) null adj.
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