Emphysema of the lungs
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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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