[ brong-kahy-tis ]
/ brɒŋˈkaɪ tɪs /
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
From New Latin,
dating back to 1812;
see origin at bronch-
Related formsbron·chit·ic [brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for bronchitis
That attack of bronchitis last spring had tried her severely: she had never felt quite the same since.
It even raged today, concealed in obscure sufferings, dissimulated under symptoms of headaches and bronchitis, hysterics and gout.
Her bronchitis was almost gone to-night; her voice was high, sharp and quick.
British Dictionary definitions for bronchitis
inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
Derived Formsbronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk), adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for bronchitis
coined in Modern Latin 1808 by Charles Bedham, from bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + -itis.
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Medicine definitions for bronchitis
Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
Related formsbron•chit′ic (-kĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for bronchitis
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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