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There is increasing interest in the structural components of the airway wall because of the airway remodeling that is observed in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and because of their contribution to changes in airway mechanics. This interest has stimulated several groups to make morphometric measurements on airway cross sections, and their results have been reported using a variety of nomenclature. We propose the adoption of a standard system of nomenclature that is based on accepted terms for subdivisions of the airway wall and has been agreed to by several groups working in this field.

Original publication




Journal article


J Appl Physiol (1985)

Publication Date





1011 - 1014


Bronchi, Epithelium, Humans, Membranes, Mucous Membrane, Muscle, Smooth, Respiratory Mechanics, Terminology as Topic