Definition of Rhonchus

1. Noun. A sound like whistling or snoring that is heard with a stethoscope during expiration as air passes through obstructed channels.

Generic synonyms: Noise



Definition of Rhonchus

1. n. An adventitious whistling or snoring sound heard on auscultation of the chest when the air channels are partially obstructed. By some writers the term rhonchus is used as equivalent to râle in its widest sense. See Râle.

Definition of Rhonchus

1. Noun. (medicine) A dry rattling sound heard during breathing, due to deposits in the bronchial tubes. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rhonchus

1. a rattling respiratory sound [n -CHI] : RHONCHAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Rhonchus

1. A rattling in the throat, also a dry, coarse rale in the bronchial tubes, due to a partial obstruction. Origin: L., Gr. Rhonchos = a snoring sound This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rhonchus

rhomboideus
rhomboideus major
rhomboideus major muscle
rhomboids
rhombomere
rhombomeres
rhombos
rhombs
rhombus
rhombuses
rhonchal
rhonchal fremitus
rhonchi
rhonchial
rhonchisonant
rhonchus (current term)
rhones
rhopalia
rhopalic
rhopalium
rhopalocera
rhopheocytosis
rhoptry
rhos
rhotacisation
rhotacise
rhotacised
rhotacises
rhotacising
rhotacism

Literary usage of Rhonchus

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1. The Medical Times and Gazette (1874)
"A fine bubbling rhonchus was heard generally over each back, and this over the area of dulness was drier and more crackling in character. ..."

2. Catalogue of the Fishes in the British Museum by Albert Carl Ludwig Gotthilf Günther (1860)
"... if the backward position of the dorsal fin is a truly natural character. 12. Caranx rhonchus. Caranx rhonchus ..."

3. The London Medical Gazette (1844)
"There was extensive dulness over the cardiac region ; the loud respiratory rhonchus obscured the sounds of the heart in the first place, but a filing murmur ..."

4. The Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery edited by Lunsford Pitts Yandell, Theodore Stout Bell (1842)
"... rhonchus. By, M. de CASTELNAU, House Surgeon (interne) of the Hospitals.—The author commences this paper by reviewing the different theories which have ..."

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