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Definition of Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis: Permanent abnormal widening of the bronchi (air tubes that branch deep into the lungs). Bronchiectasis can cause recurrent lung infections, a disabling cough, shortness of breath, and coughing up blood.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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