from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chronic dilatation of the bronchial tubes.
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- n. Abnormal permanent dilation of the bronchial tubes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, dilatation of the bronchial tubes as produced in phthisis and chronic bronchitis.
Greek bronkhia, bronchial tubes (from bronkhos, windpipe) + Greek ektasis, extension (ek-, out; see ecto- + tasis, a stretching from teinein, ta-, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)