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noun Pathology.
  1. acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
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Origin of bronchitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1812; see origin at bronch-, -itis
Related formsbron·chit·ic [brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bronchitic

Historical Examples

  • Has the pneumonic or bronchitic no need of special ventilation because his microbe is of a different breed?

    Appletons' Popular Science Monthly, March 1899


  • This is true if we think of the curing of an ordinary catarrhal or bronchitic cough by suggestion.


    James J. Walsh

  • Such secondary forms may be bronchitic, cardiac, renal, peptic or thymic.

British Dictionary definitions for bronchitic


  1. inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
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Derived Formsbronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk), adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for bronchitic



coined in Modern Latin 1808 by Charles Bedham, from bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + -itis.

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bronchitic in Medicine


(brŏn-kītĭs, brŏng-)
  1. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
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Related formsbron•chitic (-kĭtĭk) adj.
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bronchitic in Science


  1. Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes, often as a result of a cold or other viral infection. Smoking is also a common cause of chronic bronchitis.
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