- 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
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Examples from the Web for bronchitis
A fair number explicitly ask for an antibiotic, to cover the possibility that it is “bronchitis” or a “sinus infection.”Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
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Even at 89, after battling a near-fatal bout with bronchitis late last year, Bush continues to be beacon of decency.The Twilight Vindication of George H.W. Bush
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Miss Matthews' cold proved to be bronchitis, and Bettina insisted on nursing her.Glory of Youth
The former may follow an attack of bronchitis, or it may have a spontaneous origin.Cattle and Their Diseases
Do you want to be laid up with bronchitis or congestion of the lungs?Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
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Her cough seems so much worse, I fear it will turn to bronchitis.We Two
A bronchitis tent should be quickly improvised so that the child can be "steamed."The Mother and Her Child
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- 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 bronchitis
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- 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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