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acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters Henry David Thoreau
Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
Half Portions Edna Ferber
Doctor Luttrell’s First Patient Rosa Nouchette Carey
The Book of Humorous Verse Various
We Two Edna Lyall
Heart of the West O. Henry
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
bron·chit’ic (-kĭt’ĭk) adj.
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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