noun Pathology.

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-, -itis
Related formsbron·chit·ic [brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bronchitis

Contemporary Examples of bronchitis

Historical Examples of bronchitis

  • Miss Matthews' cold proved to be bronchitis, and Bettina insisted on nursing her.

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

  • The former may follow an attack of bronchitis, or it may have a spontaneous origin.

  • Do you want to be laid up with bronchitis or congestion of the lungs?

  • Her cough seems so much worse, I fear it will turn to bronchitis.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • A bronchitis tent should be quickly improvised so that the child can be "steamed."

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bronchitis in Medicine


[brŏn-kītĭs, brŏng-]


Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
Related formsbron•chitic (-kĭtĭk) adj.
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bronchitis in Science



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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