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)

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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 Her son Xavier, now 17, has suffered from ADHD, allergies, asthma and was held back in school. USA Today, 13 June 2021 Hall watched her niece contract covid-19 and develop asthma. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 The compounds that these products emit — which may include hydrogen peroxide, bleach-like solutions or ozone — can be toxic, inflaming the lungs, causing asthma attacks and leading to other kinds of respiratory or cardiovascular problems. Emily Anthes, New York Times, 11 June 2021 Those are a component of ground-level ozone that can worsen bronchitis and asthma and contribute to premature death from respiratory disease. Chron, 9 June 2021 Is there stock medication available such as epinephrine and albuterol for students with severe allergies or asthma? Beth Jameson, The Conversation, 2 June 2021 Inhaling VOCs emitted during the off-gassing process can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and exacerbate symptoms for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Jennifer Walker-journey, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2021 Rook thinks doctors should be watching for more allergies and asthma as the children of the pandemic reach school age. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, 26 Apr. 2021 Some researchers have found that babies and toddlers who live with a dog—and, in some cases, a cat—are less likely to develop allergies and asthma. Sarah Toy, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Asthma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthma. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for asthma

asthma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of asthma

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

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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