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n. pl. rhon·chi (-kī)
A coarse rattling sound somewhat like snoring, usually caused by secretion in a bronchial tube.

[Latin, a snoring, from Greek *rhonkhos, variant of rhenkos, rhenkhos, from rhenkein, to snore.]

rhon′chal (-kəl), rhon′chi·al (-kē-əl) adj.
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(ˈrɒŋkəs) or


n, pl -chi (-kaɪ)
(Pathology) a rattling or whistling respiratory sound resembling snoring, caused by secretions in the trachea or bronchi
[C19: from Latin, from Greek rhenkhos snoring]
ˈrhonchal, ˈrhonchial adj
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(ˈrɒŋ kəs)

n., pl. -chi (-kaɪ)
an abnormal wheezing or snoring sound made while breathing.
[1820–30; < Latin: a snoring, croaking < Late Greek rhónchos, variant of Greek rhénchos]
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Noun1.rhonchus - a sound like whistling or snoring that is heard with a stethoscope during expiration as air passes through obstructed channels
noise - sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound); "he enjoyed the street noises"; "they heard indistinct noises of people talking"; "during the firework display that ended the gala the noise reached 98 decibels"
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the chest had rhonchi and the heart and abdomen were normal, the patient was deep in coma and unresponsive, over time the airway was filled with a lot of saliva, and due to the heavy bleeding, the left ear canal was packed with gauze, and the gauze was change several times.
Rhonchi and prolonged expirium were detected at the bilaterally lower zones on thorax auscultation.
(7) The main clinical manifestations of a food allergy include mucocutaneous reactions (urticaria, angioedema, erythema, pruritus), reactions in the gastrointestinal tract (diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting), in the respiratory system (sternutation, rhinorrhea, cough, dyspnoea, sibilant rhonchi) and cardiovascular reactions (stunning, hypotension, syncope).
Pertinent positive findings on chest examination were subcutaneous emphysema in the neck and upper chest with bilateral rhonchi on auscultation.
During the physical examination, no hemoptysis and urine discoloration were found, blood pressure (BP) was 110/70 mmHg, body temperature was 36.4[degrees]C, conjunctiva were pale, there was saddle nose deformity on the face, and rhonchi were heard on respiratory auscultation.
This score includes dyspnea (0, none; 1, chest retractions; 2, orthopnea), rhonchi (0, none; 1, mild; 2, severe; 3, attenuated), wheezing (0, none; 1, positive; 2, attenuated), cyanosis (0, absent; 1, present), difficulty with conversation (0, absent; 1, present), and clouding or loss of consciousness (0, absent; 1, present).
The patient was tachycardic with a regular rhythm and without murmur on cardiac auscultation, his lungs were clear to auscultation bilaterally without rales, rhonchi, or wheezing, and his abdomen was soft, nontender, and nondistended.
A 63-year-old man presented to his primary care physician in 2017 for a routine visit and was noted to have left lower lobe rhonchi. He reported that 6 months earlier, he started having wheezing during exercise which improved with time.
On auscultation, he was noted to have bilateral, basilar crackles without rhonchi or wheezing.
Lung auscultation revealed diffuse rhonchi symmetrically all over her chest, bronchial breathing at her right and left lower lobes, and diminished vesicular sounds.
In the same meta-analysis, physical examination revealed decreased air entry by visualization or auscultation (0.454-0.659), tachypnea (0.476), acute respiratory distress (0.378), abnormal breath sounds of wheezing, rhonchi, crackles, and rales (0.126-0.334), accessory muscle use (0.196), purulent discharge (0.189), stridor (0.177), and other findings [3].