Medical Dictionary

Kussmaul breathing

noun Kuss·maul breathing \ˈks-ˌmal-\

Medical Definition of KUSSMAUL BREATHING

:  abnormally slow deep respiration characteristic of air hunger and occurring especially in acidotic states—called also Kussmaul respiration

Biographical Note for KUSSMAUL BREATHING

Kussmaul, Adolf (1822–1902), German physician. Kussmaul made notable contributions to clinical medicine. In 1873 he introduced the concept of paradoxical pulse in a clinical description of obstructive pericarditis. The following year he described the labored breathing in diabetic coma that is now known as Kussmaul breathing.


Kuss·maul breathing or Kuss·maul's breathing \-ˌmalz-\


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