Medical Dictionary: COPD


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COPD: Another name for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
COPD (condition): Severe obstruction of bronchial air flow typically from bronchitis and/or emphysema.

COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also called chronic obstructive lung disease, is a term that is used for two closely related diseases of the respiratory system: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In many patients these diseases occur together, although there may be more symptoms of one than the other. Most patients with these diseases have a long history of heavy cigarette smoking. 1

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1. excerpt from What is COPD: NHLBI

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