chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(redirected from Chronic airway obstruction)
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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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|Noun||1.||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
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