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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Definition of the noun chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

What does chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mean as a name of something?


  1. a nonreversible lung disease that is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis; usually patients have been heavy cigarette smokers
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: 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

Alternative definition of the noun chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


  1. [pathology] A group of diseases characterized by the pathological limitation of airflow in the airway that is not fully reversible. May be caused by reactive airways, chronic infection, congenital defects, or, most commonly, cigarette smoking. Generally does not include neoplasms, which could also obstruct airways.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (2009)

With 213 Tables by Florian Lang

Chronic Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease ▷Smokers' Lung ▷Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ▷ Bronchitis, Chronic ▷Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Chronic ▷Smokers' Lung Chronic ...

Google previewNational Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

Identifying and definitional attributes Metadata item type: Data Element Technical name: Person—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease recorded indicator, yes/ no code N Synonymous names: COPD recorded indicator METeOR identifier: ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Health Education (2010)

by David A. Bedworth, Albert E. Bedworth


Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Definition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic airflow limitation that may be accompanied by hyperreactivity but is not fully reversible and is usually progressive. It is characterized by destruction of alveolar walls without ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

Carbon monoxide; cardiac output Carbon dioxide Cobalt Chronic obstructive lung disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Cerebral palsy; cleft palate Continuous positive airway pressure Clinicopathologic conference Cephalopelvic ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health and Aging (2007)

by Kyriakos S. Markides

hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and surgical (e.g., total knee arthroplasty, coronary bypass surgery) histories and current living status ( e.g., living ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Body Systems (2010)

by Julie McDowell

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease ( COPD) According to some estimates, approximately The Respiratory System 537 .

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health (2016)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition characterized by irreversible airflow limitation. In general, this condition results from an abnormal inflammatory response after exposure of the lung to noxious particles ...

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