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bronchiole

[brong-kee-ohl] /ˈbrɒŋ kiˌoʊl/
noun, Anatomy
1.
a small branch of a bronchus.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; < Neo-Latin bronchiolum, equivalent to bronchi(a) bronchia + -olum -ole1
Related forms
bronchiolar
[brong-kee-oh-ler, brong-kahy-uh-] /ˌbrɒŋ kiˈoʊ lər, brɒŋˈkaɪ ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for bronchioles
  • As a result, the bronchioles detach from the alveoli, and holes appear.
  • The smallest compartments of the bronchi are called bronchioles, which contain millions of air sacs called alveoli.
  • When the bronchioles are swollen, they become narrower, and less air flows to and from the lungs.
British Dictionary definitions for bronchioles

bronchiole

/ˈbrɒŋkɪˌəʊl/
noun
1.
any of the smallest bronchial tubes, usually ending in alveoli
Derived Forms
bronchiolar (ˌbrɒŋkɪˈəʊlə) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin bronchiolum, diminutive of Late Latin bronchium, singular of bronchia
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Word Origin and History for bronchioles

bronchiole

n.

Modern Latin, from diminutive of bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial).

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bronchioles in Medicine

bronchiole bron·chi·ole (brŏng'kē-ōl')
n.
Any of the fine, thin-walled, tubular extensions of a bronchus.

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bronchioles in Science
bronchiole
  (brŏng'kē-ōl')   
Any of the small, thin-walled tubes that branch from a bronchus and end in the alveolar sacs of the lung.
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