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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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.
More than three years before his death, he had been diagnosed with serious emphysema of the lungs. He continued his work in the mail-order catalog business for a time, but his health steadily declined.
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