pulmonary emphysema

Definitions of pulmonary emphysema
  1. noun
    an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age
    synonyms: emphysema
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    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    a nonreversible lung disease that is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis; usually patients have been heavy cigarette smokers
    type of:
    respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness
    a disease affecting the respiratory system
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