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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Curiously, there is even scattered evidence that cannabis can ease the symptoms of asthma in some cases. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 of the Best Weed Vaporizers for the Total Beginner," 13 Dec. 2018 The Wall Street Journal He was only cleared to race it in the week before the start, following a nine-month investigation into his abnormally high levels of an asthma drug at last fall’s Vuelta a Espana. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Switcheroo That Won Team Sky the Tour de France," 29 July 2018 Some studies have suggested that breastfeeding may also lead to lower rates of asthma. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 Breathing in smoke from wildfires can have severe negative health consequences for people, especially those with existing respiratory conditions, like asthma. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Scientists fly through plumes of wildfire smoke to unravel its mysteries," 21 Nov. 2018 Over the din of portable generators, coughing echoes throughout the camp as the omnipresent wildfire smoke in the air exacerbates health issues like asthma. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 The smoke can exacerbate respiratory conditions like asthma and increase the risk of stroke and heart attacks for those with serious cardiovascular conditions, Sack said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Washington’s smoky air looks scary, but UW physician says trust your body’s defenses," 21 Aug. 2018 Breast-feeding is also associated with a lower risk for sudden infant death syndrome; allergies, including conditions like asthma and eczema; celiac disease and childhood inflammatory bowel disease. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "Trump Stance on Breast-Feeding and Formula Criticized by Medical Experts," 9 July 2018 The company warns against use by people with lung conditions like asthma and COPD. Mike Feibus, USA TODAY, "Afraid of needles? These start-ups are working on alternatives," 8 July 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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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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