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

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Early in her tenure, for instance, Dr. Wen directed her staff to add new pages to the Planned Parenthood website about topics like asthma and the common cold — conditions that its clinics do not typically treat. New York Times, "A Messy Exit Leaves Planned Parenthood at a Philosophical Crossroads," 17 July 2019 The most diagnosed ailments are upper and lower respiratory issues like asthma, gastrointestinal problems like reflux, musculoskeletal disorders and mental health conditions. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez dies at 53," 29 June 2019 This increases their susceptibility to chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Bianca Sanchez, chicagotribune.com, "CPS to offer children free lunch at nearly 100 locations, almost all summer vacation," 25 June 2019 Breathing in petroleum coke particles could cause discomfort or make heart or respiratory conditions like asthma worse, according to the March alert from city officials. Sophia Kunthara, SFChronicle.com, "Valero’s Benicia refinery has reopened following problems," 19 June 2019 Potential health effects associated with mold exposures include asthma, allergic reactions and other respiratory complaints, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Mold found in 35 Howard County public schools in past 11 months," 23 July 2019 People with lung problems brought on by things such as cystic fibrosis, smoking, asthma, lung disease and small lungs could have a reaction to the wildfire smoke brought on by the air quality. oregonlive.com, "What are the long-term health effects from wildfire smoke? Oregon doctors say it’s something they’re still learning about.," 22 July 2019 Ten percent of enrollees developed asthma within six years, and firefighters saw drops in lung function. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "‘Toxic Stew’ Stirred Up by Disasters Poses Long-Term Danger, New Findings Show," 15 July 2019 Total compensation: $9,949,412 Shareholder return: -37 percent AnaptysBio is developing drugs to combat the medical harms from inflammation, including for dermatitis, asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis and allergies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How the 16 highest-paid CEOs of San Diego public companies made their money," 14 July 2019

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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

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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