acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
Origin of bronchitis
Related formsbron·chit·ic [brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
From New Latin,
dating back to 1812;
see origin at bronch-
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Derived Formsbronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk), adjective, noun
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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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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Related formsbron•chit′ic (-kĭt′ĭk) adj.
Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
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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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