asthma

noun
asth·​ma | \ ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio) , British ˈas- \

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 (such as allergens or rapid change in air temperature)

Other Words from asthma

asthmatic \ az-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce asthma (audio) , British  as-​ \ adjective or noun
asthmatically \ az-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asthma (audio) , British  as-​ \ adverb

Examples of asthma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the donation, 4,000 people got food, 15,000 got medications for conditions like high blood pressure, heart problems and asthma. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 9 Aug. 2022 Laura Hoch, the clinic’s program manager for homeless services, took her medical history: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, diabetes, asthma. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 When the heat picks up in Florida, advocates and family members say temperatures can exceed 100°F inside, putting prisoners with medical issues like asthma at risk. Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 23 July 2022 These groups experience cardiovascular and respiratory diseases – such as heart disease, hypertension, and asthma – at higher rates, which could increase one’s risk of being hospitalized or dying from extreme heat as well, health experts say. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 22 July 2022 Some people object to the smoke, which can worsen respiratory conditions like asthma. Wired, 21 July 2022 The American Medical Association has also expressed concern on this front, linking the use of gas stoves with unhealthy nitrogen dioxide levels and asthma. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Hyman, who used swimming to battle childhood asthma, inspired so many girls to get into the pool. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 According to Goldberg, some of the groups most vulnerable to heat illnesses include the very young, the elderly, those with asthma and those on medications that impact fluid loss and blood pressure. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 23 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of asthma

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for asthma

Middle English asma, borrowed from Medieval Latin asma, asthma, borrowed from Greek ásthma "panting, shortness of breath, asthma (as a medical condition)," of uncertain origin

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“Asthma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthma. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for asthma

asthma

noun
asth·​ma | \ ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio) \

Kids Definition of asthma

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

asthma

noun
asth·​ma | \ ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio) \

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)

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