[ rong-kuhs ]

noun,plural rhon·chi [rong-kahy]. /ˈrɒŋ kaɪ/.
  1. a wheezing or snoring sound heard upon auscultation of the chest, caused by an accumulation of mucus or other material.

Origin of rhonchus

1820–30; <Latin: a snoring, croaking <Late Greek rhónchos, variant of Greek rhénchos

Other words from rhonchus

  • rhon·chi·al [rong-kee-uhl], /ˈrɒŋ ki əl/, rhon·chal [rong-kuhl], /ˈrɒŋ kəl/, adjective

Words Nearby rhonchus

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British Dictionary definitions for rhonchus


/ (ˈrɒŋkəs) /

nounplural -chi (-kaɪ)
  1. a rattling or whistling respiratory sound resembling snoring, caused by secretions in the trachea or bronchi

Origin of rhonchus

C19: from Latin, from Greek rhenkhos snoring

Derived forms of rhonchus

  • rhonchal or rhonchial, adjective

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