bronchiole

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bronchiole

any of the smallest bronchial tubes, usually ending in alveoli

bronchiole

[′bräŋ·kē‚ōl]
(anatomy)
A small, thin-walled branch of a bronchus, usually terminating in alveoli.
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Besides interalveolar pores, collateral ventilation can also occur via bronchiole-alveolar communications (Lambert's channels), interbronchiolar communications (Martin's channels), and even interlobular respiratory bronchioles, depending on the alveolar location and emphysema severity [3].
As such, elastin fibres as a marker of necrosis of intra-alveolar septa, blood vessels and respiratory bronchioles resulting from pulmonary infection or inflammation might allow the diagnosis of lung necrosis in the absence of CT scans of the chest or overt cavitation.
The pathology observed in Mexico City children and dogs is likely related to exposure to [O.sub.3] and PM, which are known to target respiratory bronchioles (Camner et al.
As terminal bronchioles penetrate more deeply into the lungs, they divide into microscopic respiratory bronchioles. These lead into alveolar sacs resembling bunches of grapes.
Alveolar Duct--The opening through which air passes between the respiratory bronchioles and the alveoli.
They further divide into respiratory bronchioles, ending in alveolar ducts.
The terminal membranous bronchiole gives rise to 3 generations of respiratory bronchioles (airways with alveoli forming a component of their walls).
Cigarette smoking produces inflammatory changes in small airways, especially respiratory bronchioles leading to dilatation and destruction of the small airways.
[8] Previous studies from several laboratories have shown that this airway obstruction is associated with chronic inflammatory process in the membranous and respiratory bronchioles. [9,10] It is believed that the airway constriction in COPD and decline in PFT are not reversible.
The Canals of Lambert are respiratory bronchiolar communications that allow for gas flow between respiratory bronchioles. Many authors posit that these passageways, along with intersegmental respiratory bronchiolar pathways that exist primarily in the lower lobes, may be as important as the Pores of Kohn regarding the success of lung re-inflation therapy to aid in the treatment and resolution of atelectasis and pneumonia.
1985) to evaluate airway wall fibrosis and airway wall muscle in the membranous bronchioles (MBs) and respiratory bronchioles (RBs).