Wildfire Smoke Gets In Your Lungs Glossary of Terms

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

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

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

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Bronchiole: The tiny branch of air tubes within the lungs that is a continuation of the br...

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

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

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Heart: The muscle that pumps blood received from veins into arteries throughout the body. ...

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Heart disease: Any disorder that affects the heart. Sometimes the term "heart disease" is ...

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Involuntary: Done other than in accordance with the conscious will of the individual. The ...

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

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Respiratory: Having to do with respiration.

Spasm: A brief, automatic jerking movement. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the ...

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Trigger: Something that either sets off a disease in people who are genetically predispose...

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

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

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