asthma

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asth·ma

noun \ˈaz-mə, British ˈas-\

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

Full Definition of ASTHMA

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

Origin of ASTHMA

Middle English asma, from Medieval Latin, modification of Greek asthma
First Known Use: 14th century

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asth·ma

noun \ˈaz-mə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ASTHMA

: 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)

asthma

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Chronic disease with attacks of shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing from constriction and mucous-membrane swelling in the bronchi (air passageways in the lungs). It is caused primarily by allergy or respiratory infection. Secondhand smoke can cause asthma in children. Asthma is common and runs in families; predisposition may be hereditary. In established asthmatics, exercise, stress, and sudden changes in temperature or humidity can bring on attacks. Attacks usually last from a half hour to several hours; severe attacks can be fatal. Corticosteroids can control asthma; injections of epinephrine can relieve acute attacks. Prevention involves avoiding exposure to allergens.

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