[ brong-kahy-tis ]
/ brɒŋˈkaɪ tɪs /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for bronchitis


/ (brɒŋˈkaɪtɪs) /


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


[ brŏn-kītĭs, brŏng- ]


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


[ brŏng-kītĭs ]

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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