rhonchus

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin rhonchus ‘snoring’, from Ancient Greek ῥόγχος (rhónkhos) (Caelius Aurelianus),[1] of imitative origin.

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rhonchus (plural rhonchi)

  1. (medicine) A dry rattling sound heard during breathing, due to deposits in the bronchial tubes.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 699:
      “You have poisoned yourself again!” Humfried emitted an alarming rhonchus.

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  1. ^ Robert Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, vol. II (Leiden: Brill, 2010), 1278.