respiratory illness

Other forms: respiratory illnesses

Definitions of respiratory illness
  1. noun
    a disease affecting the respiratory system
    synonyms: respiratory disease, respiratory disorder
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    ARDS, adult respiratory distress syndrome, wet lung, white lung
    acute lung injury characterized by coughing and rales; inflammation of the lungs which become stiff and fibrous and cannot exchange oxygen; occurs among persons exposed to irritants such as corrosive chemical vapors or ammonia or chlorine etc.
    flu, grippe, influenza
    an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
    pertussis, whooping cough
    a disease of the respiratory mucous membrane
    cold, common cold
    a mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs)
    asthma, asthma attack, bronchial asthma
    respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
    inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes
    emphysema, pulmonary emphysema
    an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age
    respiratory disease characterized by inflammation of the lung parenchyma (excluding the bronchi) with congestion caused by viruses or bacteria or irritants
    atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia
    an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults
    interstitial pneumonia
    chronic lung disease affecting the interstitial tissue of the lungs
    pneumoconiosis, pneumonoconiosis
    chronic respiratory disease caused by inhaling metallic or mineral particles
    hyaline membrane disease, respiratory distress syndrome, respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn
    an acute lung disease of the newborn (especially the premature newborn); lungs cannot expand because of a wetting agent is lacking; characterized by rapid shallow breathing and cyanosis and the formation of a glassy hyaline membrane over the alveoli
    SARS, severe acute respiratory syndrome
    a respiratory disease of unknown etiology that apparently originated in mainland China in 2003; characterized by fever and coughing or difficulty breathing or hypoxia; can be fatal
    Asian influenza, Asiatic flu
    influenza caused by the Asian virus that was first isolated in 1957
    swine flu, swine influenza
    an acute and highly contagious respiratory disease of swine caused by the orthomyxovirus thought to be the same virus that caused the 1918 influenza pandemic
    head cold
    a common cold affecting the nasal passages and resulting in congestion and sneezing and headache
    status asthmaticus
    a prolonged and severe asthma attack that does not respond to standard treatment
    inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchioles
    chronic bronchitis
    a form of bronchitis characterized by excess production of sputum leading to a chronic cough and obstruction of air flow
    chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
    a nonreversible lung disease that is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis; usually patients have been heavy cigarette smokers
    bronchial pneumonia, bronchopneumonia
    pneumonia characterized by acute inflammation of the walls of the bronchioles
    lobar pneumonia
    pneumonia affecting one or more lobes of the lung; commonly due to streptococcal infection
    pneumococcal pneumonia
    pneumonia caused by bacteria of the genus pneumococcus
    interstitial plasma cell pneumonia, pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, pneumocystis pneumonia, pneumocytosis
    pneumonia occurring in infants or in persons with impaired immune systems (as AIDS victims)
    ornithosis, parrot fever, psittacosis
    an atypical pneumonia caused by a rickettsia microorganism and transmitted to humans from infected birds
    anthracosis, black lung, black lung disease, coal miner's lung
    lung disease caused by inhaling coal dust
    lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos particles
    fibrosis of the lung caused by iron dust; occurs among welders and other metal workers
    a lung disease caused by inhaling particles of silica or quartz or slate
    pleurisy and pneumonia
    viral pneumonia
    pneumonia caused by a virus
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    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
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