Complete Definition of "emphysema"

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Pronunciation
italbrac|RP IPA|/ËÉmfɪËsiËmÉ/
italbrac|US IPA|/ËÉmfɪËsiËmÉ/ or /ËÉmfÉËsiËmÉ/
audio|en-us-emphysema.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
emphysema

  1. pathology An abnormal accumulation of air in tissues , especially the lungs. Pulmonary emphysema is a chronic lung disease, characterised by an abnormal increase in the size of the air spaces, resulting in laboured breathing and caused by exposure to toxic chemicals such as tobacco smoke.

Derived terms
emphysematous
emphysemic

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