- acute or chronic inflammation of the membrane lining of the bronchial tubes, caused by respiratory infection or exposure to bronchial irritants, as cigarette smoke.
- inflammation of the bronchial tubes, characterized by coughing, difficulty in breathing, etc, caused by infection or irritation of the respiratory tract
coined in Modern Latin 1808 by Charles Bedham, from bronchia “the bronchial tubes” (plural; see ) + .
- Inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bronchial tubes.
- 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.