[ rong-kuhs ]
/ ˈrɒŋ kəs /
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noun, plural rhon·chi [rong-kahy]. /ˈrɒŋ kaɪ/.
a wheezing or snoring sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by an accumulation of mucus or other material.
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Origin of rhonchus
1820–30; <Latin: a snoring, croaking <Late Greek rhónchos, variant of Greek rhénchos
OTHER WORDS FROM rhonchusrhon·chi·al [rong-kee-uhl], /ˈrɒŋ ki əl/, rhon·chal [rong-kuhl], /ˈrɒŋ kəl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rhonchus
/ (ˈrɒŋkəs) /
noun plural -chi (-kaɪ)
a rattling or whistling respiratory sound resembling snoring, caused by secretions in the trachea or bronchi
Derived forms of rhonchusrhonchal or rhonchial, adjective
Word Origin for rhonchus
C19: from Latin, from Greek rhenkhos snoring
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