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asthma

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noun asth·ma \ˈaz-mə, British ˈas-\

Simple Definition of asthma

  • medical : a physical condition that makes it difficult for someone to breathe

Full Definition of asthma

  1. :  a chronic lung disorder that is marked by recurring episodes of airway obstruction (as from bronchospasm) manifested by labored breathing accompanied especially by wheezing and coughing and by a sense of constriction in the chest, and that is triggered by hyperreactivity to various stimuli (as allergens or rapid change in air temperature)

asth·mat·icplay \az-ˈma-tik, British as-\ adjective or noun
asth·mat·i·cal·lyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of asthma

Middle English asma, from Medieval Latin, modification of Greek asthma


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with asthma


ASTHMA Defined for Kids

asthma

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noun asth·ma \ˈaz-mə\

Definition of asthma

  1. :  a lung disorder that causes periods of wheezing, coughing, and difficulty with breathing




Medical Dictionary

asthma

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noun asth·ma \ˈaz-mə\

Medical Definition of asthma

  1. :  a chronic lung disorder that is marked by recurring episodes of airway obstruction (as from bronchospasm) manifested by labored breathing accompanied especially by wheezing and coughing and by a sense of constriction in the chest, and that is triggered by hyperreactivity to various stimuli (as allergens or rapid change in air temperature)





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