asthma

noun
asth·ma | \ ˈaz-mə , 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, Britishas- \ adjective or noun
asthmatically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Other studies conclude that breastfeeding may cut a child’s risk of developing allergies and asthma. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "Why breastfeeding is best, despite that Trump administration uproar," 9 July 2018 The interest developed after their first child was born with allergies and asthma. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "UConn Campus At Hartford's Front Street Gets First Retail Leases," 26 June 2018 Thirteen percent of parents said their children have been diagnosed with asthma – compared to 12 percent of parents in a national survey. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Survey: Cincinnati children dealing with asthma, ADHD more than at national level," 25 June 2018 But the mayor can talk to someone and say, 'OK, your child is suffering with asthma. CBS News, "How Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin takes on national issues, locally," 14 June 2018 While the recommendations will still exist elsewhere after that date, anyone hoping to find out, say, how best to treat a teenager with asthma, or who should have a particular test, will have to work harder to locate the most current guidance. Ivan Oransky, STAT, "Trump administration is shutting down practice-guidelines clearinghouse for doctors," 13 June 2018 In a brief filed Thursday, the department asked a federal court to unwind the health law’s protections for individuals with existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or asthma. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "What Latest Health-Law Case Means for Insurance Markets," 9 June 2018 None of those treatments—for everything from diabetes and asthma to multiple sclerosis and arthritis—have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Is This Stem Cell Clinic Really Making Cancer Vaccines?," 16 May 2018 The game is aimed at children with cancer, diabetes and asthma. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "Mentoring sessions open first day of Medical Capital Innovation Competition in Cleveland (photos)," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of asthma was in the 14th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of asthma

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

asthma

noun
asth·ma | \ ˈaz-mə \

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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