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Introduction: Emphysema

Description of Emphysema

Emphysema (medical condition): Emphysema is a chronic, ongoing, progressive disease of the lower respiratory tract in the lungs. It is one type of or chronic obstructive ...more

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Emphysema: Pulmonary emphysema is a disorder affecting the alveoli (tiny air sacs) of the lungs. The transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs takes place in the walls of the alveoli. In emphysema, the alveoli become abnormally inflated, damaging their walls and making it harder to breathe. People who smoke or have chronic bronchitis have an increased risk of emphysema.
Source: National Institute of Health

Emphysema: an abnormal condition of the lungs marked by decreased respiratory function; associated with smoking or chronic bronchitis or old age.
Source: WordNet 2.1

Emphysema: subcategory of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; characterized by anatomic alterations of the lungs, such as the enlargement of airspaces and destruction of alveolar walls.
Source: CRISP

Emphysema: A pathological accumulation of air in tissues or organs.
Source: MeSH 2007

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Emphysema as a Disease

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Emphysema: Related Diseases

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Emphysema: Related Disease Topics

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More specific terms for Emphysema:

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Broader terms for Emphysema

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Hierarchical classifications of Emphysema

The following list attempts to classify Emphysema into categories where each line is subset of the next.

WordNet 2.1

  • respiratory disease,respiratory disorder,respiratory illness
  • disease
  • illness,malady,sickness,unwellness
  • health problem,ill health,unhealthiness
  • pathological state
  • condition,status
  • state

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MeSH 2007 Hierarchy:

Disease Ontology - OBO (Open Biomedical Ontologies)

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