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noun Anatomy.
  1. a small branch of a bronchus.
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Origin of bronchiole

1865–70; < New Latin bronchiolum, equivalent to bronchi(a) bronchia + -olum -ole1
Related formsbron·chi·o·lar [brong-kee-oh-ler, brong-kahy-uh-] /ˌbrɒŋ kiˈoʊ lər, brɒŋˈkaɪ ə-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bronchiole


  1. any of the smallest bronchial tubes, usually ending in alveoli
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Derived Formsbronchiolar (ˌbrɒŋkɪˈəʊlə), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin bronchiolum, diminutive of Late Latin bronchium, singular of bronchia
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Word Origin and History for bronchiole


Modern Latin, from diminutive of bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial).

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bronchiole in Medicine


  1. Any of the fine, thin-walled, tubular extensions of a bronchus.
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bronchiole in Science


  1. 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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