American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pathological condition of the lungs marked by an abnormal increase in the size of the air spaces, resulting in labored breathing and an increased susceptibility to infection. It can be caused by irreversible expansion of the alveoli or by the destruction of alveolar walls.
- n. An abnormal distention of body tissues caused by retention of air.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, distention with air or other gases.
- n. pathology An abnormal accumulation of air in tissues, most commonly the lungs.
- n. medicine Pulmonary emphysema, a chronic lung disease.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A swelling produced by gas or air diffused in the cellular tissue.
- n. an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age
- Greek emphūsēma, inflation, from emphūsān, to blow in : en-, in; see en-2 + phūsān, to blow (from phūsa, bellows, bladder). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Most extreme of the forms of physiological dysfunction in emphysema are those rather uncommon cases of severe alveolar hypoventilation sometimes called the Ayerza syndrome, in which all of the above trends are manifested to maximum degree, and yet often with only mild anatomical changes in the lungs42.”
“When a consumer, for example, begins smoking cigarettes knowing that she has a particular medical condition, such as emphysema, that is exacerbated by smoking, the Correia defense may be appropriately invoked.”
“Nancy told me she had a disease called emphysema, a lung disease that makes it difficult to breathe.”
“After sixty-odd years of coffin nails, he does have emphysema, which is why the pneumonia was dangerous, but why the cigarettes haven't killed him by now is purely genetic.”
“He was suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, better known as emphysema.”
“Investigators examined the relationship between vitamin E supplementation and self-reported physician-diagnosed asthma or chronic lung disease, defined as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and bronchiectasis.”
“Her doctor told her that it was more commonly known as emphysema, and that Jamie had to stop smoking.”
“COPD often involves loss of lung tissue, called emphysema, as well as narrowed airways, persistent cough, and mucus production, known as chronic obstructive bronchitis.”
“COPD often involves destruction of lung tissue, called emphysema, as well as narrowed airways, persistent cough, and mucus production, known as chronic obstructive bronchitis.”
“Today, more than 35 million Americans are living with chronic lung disease such as asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) otherwise known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis”
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