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[brong-kee-uh l] /ˈbrɒŋ ki əl/
adjective, Anatomy
pertaining to the bronchia or bronchi.
Origin of bronchial
1725-35; bronchi(a) + -al1
Related forms
bronchially, adverb
interbronchial, adjective
postbronchial, adjective
prebronchial, adjective
subbronchial, adjective
subbronchially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bronchial
  • Sometimes it gives off a thymic or bronchial branch.
  • The drugs relieve symptoms but can, without warning, increase dangerous bronchial inflammation.
  • The threat of bronchial disease and influenza was increased by the downpour, according to staff doctors here.
  • Treatment is aimed at controlling infections and bronchial secretions, relieving airway obstruction, and preventing complications.
  • Both constant coughing and inflammation can damage the bronchial tubes.
  • When he was not quite three years old, he had bronchial pneumonia and nearly died of it.
  • After their night's respite, my congested bronchial tubes once more begin their noisy rattle.
  • His doctors say he has been suffering from bronchial conditions connected with exhaustion.
  • Warm liquids, such as soup or hot cider, are effective in loosening mucus and may also relax bronchial muscles.
British Dictionary definitions for bronchial


of or relating to the bronchi or the bronchial tubes
Derived Forms
bronchially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for bronchial

c.1735, from Late Latin bronchus, from Greek bronkhos "windpipe, throat" (from PIE *gwronkh-, from root *gwere- "to swallow") + -al (1). bronchial tubes is from 1847.

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bronchial in Medicine

bronchial bron·chi·al (brŏng'kē-əl)
Relating to the bronchi, the bronchial tubes, or the bronchioles.

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