from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chronic or acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
  • n. A disease marked by this inflammation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An inflammation of the bronchi of the lungs, that causes the cilia of the bronchial epithelial cells to stop functioning.
  • n. An occurrence of, a case (patient) of, or a type of bronchitis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation, acute or chronic, of the bronchial tubes or any part of them.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, an inflammation of the bronchial membrane. It is a complaint of very frequent occurrence, and may be acute or chronic.—

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes


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Late Latin bronchus, from Ancient Greek βρόγχος (bronchos, "windpipe") + -itis.



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