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Chronic obstructive airway disease

Synonym(s)

  • chronic airway disease
  • chronic airway obstruction
  • chronic irreversible airway obstruction
  • chronic obstructive lung disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • COAD
  • COPD

Definition(s)

Chronic, irreversible obstruction of air flow from the lungs.

Definition from: CRISP Thesaurus via Unified Medical Language SystemThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. at the National Library of Medicine

Pulmonary disease (as emphysema or chronic bronchitis) that is characterized by chronic typically irreversible airway obstruction resulting in a slowed rate of exhalation -- abbreviation COPD.

Definition from: Merriam-Webster's Medical DictionaryThis link leads to a site outside Genetics Home Reference. by Merriam-Webster Inc.

See also Understanding Medical Terminology.

 
Published: April 21, 2014