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bronchial adenomaA descriptive term for epithelial neoplasms that arise in the upper airways and range in behaviour from completely banal (bronchial gland adenoma), to usually banal (tumourlets or carcinoids) to the more ominous adenoid cystic and mucoepidermoid carcinomas.
Because of the potential for confusion, the term bronchial adenoma is best not used without histologic qualifiers.
bron·chi·al ad·e·no·ma(brong'kē-ăl ad'ĕ-nō'mă)
A benign or malignant polypoid epithelial tumor of bronchial mucosa, arising deep to the surface epithelium, possibly from mucous glands or their ducts.