chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

n. Abbr. COPD
A chronic, progressive lung disease in which there is poor airflow in the lungs, characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath with difficulty exhaling, and cough.
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Noun1.chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - a nonreversible lung disease that is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis; usually patients have been heavy cigarette smokers
chronic bronchitis - a form of bronchitis characterized by excess production of sputum leading to a chronic cough and obstruction of air flow
emphysema, pulmonary emphysema - an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age
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Using these phenotype characteristics, various studies found that the blue bloaters had lower baseline oxygen saturations, more episodes of nocturnal oxygen desaturation, larger falls in nocturnal oxygen saturation, and spent more time at low levels of oxygen saturation while asleep, than the pink puffers [11-13].