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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Similar term(s): COPD, chronic obstructive lung disease.

Definition:

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems.

It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma.

COPD is a leading cause of death, illness, and disability in the United States.

Source: CDC Facts About COPD 

Related words:

Lung function - Respiratory tract

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