Emphysema of the lungs

(Med.) a common disease of the lungs in which the air cells are distended and their partition walls ruptured by an abnormal pressure of the air contained in them.

See also: Emphysema

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Malignant interstitial emphysema of the lungs and mediastinum as an important occult complication in many respiratory diseases and other conditions: An interpretation of the clinical literature in light of laboratory experiment.
The cursive script of the document includes this astonishing conclusion: ``I find that the deceased died of Emphysema of the lungs caused by strangulation self inflicted or otherwise.
The Government has faced fierce criticism over the delay in compensation payments to former miners who suffered chronic bronchitis or emphysema of the lungs, or their surviving relatives.