Bronchitis (Chronic) Glossary of Terms

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Abdominal: Relating to the abdomen, the belly, that part of the body that contains all of ...

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Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness th...

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Acute bronchitis: inflammation of the breathing tubes within the lungs (bronchial tubes or...

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Airway: The path that air follows to get into and out of the lungs. The mouth and nose are...

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Asthma: A common lung disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narro...

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Asthmatic: 1. Pertaining to asthma as, for example, asthmatic bronchitis.
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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Bacterial: Of or pertaining to bacteria, as in a bacterial lung infection.

Breathing: The process of respiration, during which air is inhaled into the lungs through ...

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Bronchi: The plural of bronchus.

Bronchitis: Inflammation and swelling of the bronchi. Bronchitis can be acute or chronic.

Chest: The area of the body located between the neck and the abdomen. The chest contains t...

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Chest pain: Pain in the chest that can be a result of many things, including angina, heart...

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Chronic: In medicine, lasting a long time. A chronic condition is one that lasts 3 months ...

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Chronic bronchitis: Inflammation and swelling of the lining of the airways, leading to nar...

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: COPD. Any disorder that persistently obstructs bron...

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Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Any disorder that persistently obstructs bron...

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Cough: A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs, typically in order to clear the lung airwa...

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Coughing up blood: see hemoptysis.

Cure: 1. To heal, to make well, to restore to good health. 2. A time withou...

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Dextromethorphan: An oral cough suppressant available in the US without a prescription but...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Emergency department: The department of a hospital responsible for the provision of medica...

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Emphysema: is a lung condition featuring an abnormal accumulation of air due to enlargemen...

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Fever: Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37...

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Flu: Flu is a colloquialism for influenza. The flu is an acute respiratory illness caused ...

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Ginger: Ginger, the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale, has been used as medicine in...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Influenza: Influenza is an acute respiratory illness caused by influenza A or B viruses Mo...

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Injure: To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emotional sense. Fr...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Lungs: The lungs are a pair of breathing organs located with the chest which remove carbon...

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Mucous: Pertaining to mucus, a thick fluid produced by the lining of some tissues of the b...

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Mucus: A thick fluid that is produced by the lining of some organs of the body.

Muscular: Having to do with the muscles. Also, endowed with above average muscle developme...

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Mycoplasma: A large group of bacteria, with more than 100 types identified. Mycoplasma are...

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Nebulizer: A device for administering a medication by spraying a fine mist. Also known as ...

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Oxygen: The odorless gas that is present in the air and necessary to maintain life. Oxygen...

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Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild, localized discomfort to agony. Pa...

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Pneumonia: Inflammation of one or both lungs, with dense areas of lung inflammation. Pneum...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Progressive: Increasing in scope or severity, advancing, or going forward. For example, a ...

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Pulmonary: Having to do with the lungs.

Pulse: The rhythmic dilation of an artery that results from beating of the heart. Pulse is...

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Reflex: An involuntary reaction. For example, the corneal reflex is the blink that occurs ...

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Secondhand smoke: Smoke that comes from the burning end of a cigarette or that is exhaled ...

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Shortness of breath: Difficulty in breathing. Medically referred to as dyspnea. Shortness ...

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Sleep: The body's rest cycle.

Sore: 1. (adjective) A popular term for painful, such as a sore throat. 2. (...

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Staph: Very commonly used shortened form of Staphylococcus, a very common and important gr...

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Strep: Very commonly used shortened form of Streptococcus, a very common and import...

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Symptom: Any subjective evidence of disease. In contrast, a sign is objective. Blood comin...

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Trachea: A tube-like portion of the respiratory tract that connects the larynx with the br...

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Tubes: The "tubes" are medically known as the Fallopian tubes. There are two Fallopian tub...

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Upper respiratory infection: An infection of the upper part of the respiratory system whic...

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Viral: Of or pertaining to a virus. For example, if a person has a viral rash, the rash wa...

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Viruses: Small living particles that can infect cells and change how the cells function. I...

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Vital: Necessary to maintain life. For example, breathing is a vital function.

Walking pneumonia: A lay term used to refer to atypical pneumonia and typically doesn't re...

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Wheezing: A whistling noise in the chest during breathing. Wheezing occurs when the airway...

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Windpipe: The trachea, a tube-like portion of the respiratory (breathing) tract that conne...

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