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emphysema


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emphysema  \Em`phy*se"ma\,  n.  [NL.,  from  Gr  ?  inflation,  fr  ? 
  to  inflate;  ?  in  +  ?  to  blow:  cf  F.  emphys[`e]me.]  (Med.) 
  A  swelling  produced  by  gas  or  air  diffused  in  the  cellular 
  tissue. 
 
  {Emphysema  of  the  lungs},  {Pulmonary  emphysema}  (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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  emphysema 
  n  :  an  abnormal  condition  of  the  lungs  marked  by  decreased 
  respiratory  function;  associated  with  smoking  or  chronic 
  bronchitis  or  old  age  [syn:  {pulmonary  emphysema}] 




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