noun Pathology.

  1. a diseased condition in which a bronchus or the bronchi are distended, characterized by paroxysmal coughing and copious expectoration of sputum.


  1. chronic dilation of the bronchi or bronchial tubes, which often become infected

Modern Latin, from Greek bronkhia “the bronchial tubes” (plural; see bronchial) + ektasis “a stretching out, extension, dilation.”


  1. Chronic dilation of bronchi or bronchioles, often due to inflammatory disease or obstruction.

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