Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Emphysema

Swelling.

1. a pathological accumulation of air in any tissues or organs.

2. pulmonary emphysema; a condition of the lung characterized by increase beyond normal size of the air spaces distal to the terminal bronchioles, alveolar wall destruction and impairment of gas exchange.

See hereditary pulmonary emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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