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Any of the fine, thin-walled, tubular extensions of a bronchus.

[French, from New Latin bronchiola, diminutive of Latin bronchus; see bronchus.]

bron′chi·o′lar (-ō′lər) adj.
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Adj.1.bronchiolar - of or relating to or involving bronchioles
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Use of micro-dissected airways to better define metabolism and cytotoxicity in murine bronchiolar epithelium.
The ACF pattern was recently defined as surgical lung biopsy showing interstitial fibrosis centered on, and extending around, the bronchioles, with or without bronchiolar inflammation, and the presence of peribronchiolar metaplasia (27) (Table 1; Figure 5, A and B).
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While the bronchial lumens are essentially unaffected secondary to the presence of cartilaginous rings and plates, bronchiolar luminal patency is greatly affected.
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Proximal and midproximal toxic bronchiolar mucosal injury was present in airways after repetitive Cr(VI) treatment (Figure 3B).
When the alveolated structures are lost, a distorted ectatic terminal bronchiole, lined by bronchiolar epithelium, is left, which is why the changes of UIP are dominantly subpleural or periseptal, because this is where distal lung acini terminate.
For the first time, staining of the bronchiolar epithelium was also visible, but not all bronchioles--far from all, in fact--showed this staining.
1973), are carried via the lymph flow to bronchial and bronchiolar sites, including bronchial-associated lymphatic tissue (BALT), where they are excreted again into the airway lumen.