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bronchitis

[ brong-kahy-tis ]
/ brɒŋˈkaɪ tɪs /
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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.

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Origin of bronchitis

From New Latin, dating back to 1812; see origin at bronch-, -itis

OTHER WORDS FROM bronchitis

bron·chit·ic [brong-kit-ik], /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bronchitis

bronchitis
/ (brɒŋˈkaɪtɪs) /

noun
inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract

Derived forms of bronchitis

bronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk), adjective, noun
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Scientific definitions for bronchitis

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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