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[brong-kahy-tis] /brɒŋˈkaɪ tɪs/
noun, Pathology
acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
Origin of bronchitis
1812; < New Latin; see bronch-, -itis
Related forms
[brong-kit-ik] /brɒŋˈkɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bronchitis
  • Chronic cough is the hallmark of chronic bronchitis from its early stages onward.
  • Indians used its flowers and leaves for treating bronchitis and asthma and for healing sores.
  • Wood smoke from backyard fire pits can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose and bronchitis.
  • Once in the lungs, the particles can cause asthma, cardiovascular diseases and bronchitis.
  • He expects a large part of the population to remain permanently vulnerable to emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis.
  • Short-term effects, which are temporary, include illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis.
  • Patients with asthma, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis should not use these medicines.
  • Smoking was also correlated with emphysema, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and low birth weight in newborns.
  • She and my stepbrother, who is five years younger, had bronchitis.
  • There, she can commiserate with her secretary, who is working despite a diagnosed case of bronchitis and ample paid sick days.
British Dictionary definitions for bronchitis


inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
Derived Forms
bronchitic (brɒŋˈkɪtɪk) adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for bronchitis

coined in Modern Latin 1808 by Charles Bedham, from bronchia "the bronchial tubes" (plural; see bronchial) + -itis.

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bronchitis in Medicine

bronchitis bron·chi·tis (brŏn-kī'tĭs, brŏng-)
Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.

bron·chit'ic (-kĭt'ĭk) adj.
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bronchitis in Science
Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes, often as a result of a cold or other viral infection. Smoking is also a common cause of chronic bronchitis.
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