- a small branch of a bronchus.
Origin of bronchiole
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- any of the smallest bronchial tubes, usually ending in alveoli
C19: from New Latin bronchiolum, diminutive of Late Latin bronchium, singular of bronchia
Word Origin and History for bronchiole
Modern Latin, from diminutive of bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of the fine, thin-walled, tubular extensions of a bronchus.
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- Any of the small, thin-walled tubes that branch from a bronchus and end in the alveolar sacs of the lung.
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