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Meaning of bronchitis

bron•chi•tis

Pronunciation: (brong-kī'tis), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
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