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 \ az-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asthmatically (audio) , British  as-​ \ adverb

Examples of asthma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About a quarter of the racial disparity in heart attacks, asthma, ER visits, and death may be due to exposure to diesel fumes and air pollution. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "California is creating America’s largest market for electric trucks," 25 June 2020 But his concerns abound for NFL employees who may have asthma, newborns or elderly family members living in the same house. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott opens up on testing positive for coronavirus, concerns for NFL season," 24 June 2020 Unless the child has an underlying disease such as diabetes, asthma, obesity or an immune or heart condition, to name a few, the first signs may well be digestive tract symptoms. Sandee Lamotte And Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Children's Robitussin and Dimetapp cough medicines recalled due to potential overdose risks," 19 June 2020 Nearly 28 million workers have conditions associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes, including diabetes, heart disease, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and limitations due to cancer, the study said. Dallas News, "Not so fast, boss: As COVID-19 cases spike in Texas, more delay their return to the office," 19 June 2020 So far, dexamethasone is used to treat a variety of conditions, including shock, multiple sclerosis, allergies, cerebral edema, asthma, and contact dermatitis. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "COVID-19 death rate cut by cheap steroid, according to unpublished data," 16 June 2020 Martin, who has asthma, said a nurse was handing out face masks at the emergency room entrance, but they weren't required. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "Phoenix Children's Hospital to clarify that visitors must wear masks," 13 June 2020 About 25 million people in the US have asthma, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "4 Asthma Attack Symptoms You Need to Know, According to Doctors," 11 June 2020 Many with longer Covid recoveries, like Watson, have asthma, and others in the survey report conditions like vitamin D deficiency (13.4 percent), followed by acid reflux disease (10.5 percent), and preexisting auto-immune diseases (10.5 percent). Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "Will My Covid Symptoms Ever End?," 10 June 2020

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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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30 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Asthma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthma. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for asthma

asthma

noun
How to pronounce asthma (audio)

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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