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What is the definition of emphysema?

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Emphysema is a form of chronic (long-term) lung disease. This and chronic bronchitis are the two main types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions are called “obstructive” because it’s as though something is blocking the smooth flow of air in and out of the lungs.

From: What Is Emphysema? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health -- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What IS COPD?”

COPD Foundation: "What is COPD?"

The Journal of Clinical Investigation: “Molecular pathogenesis of emphysema.”

Albert, R. , Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health -- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What IS COPD?”

COPD Foundation: "What is COPD?"

The Journal of Clinical Investigation: “Molecular pathogenesis of emphysema.”

Albert, R. , Mosby Elsevier, 2008. Clinical Respiratory Medicine

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z: Emphysema."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Diseases and Conditions Index: COPD."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on March 14, 2019

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