asthma

noun

asth·​ma ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio)
 British  ˈas-
: 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)
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 Air quality in Richmond and Martinez have long been a concern, where many residents suffer from elevated health rates of health concerns, including adult asthma. Will McCarthy, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 The pollution – which is linked to asthma, heart attacks and strokes – comes from factories, cement plants, oil refineries and other industrial facilities, as well as from wildfires. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 The agency estimates the limit will prevent up to 4,500 premature deaths and avoid around 800,000 cases of asthma symptoms. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 7 Feb. 2024 If your infant is diagnosed with asthma, eczema, or a food allergy, follow your doctor's instructions on the timing of solid foods, says Dr. Greer. Kaitlin Bell, Parents, 6 Feb. 2024 For individuals with allergies or asthma, living with a dog can exacerbate their conditions. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 The negative impact of environmental factors, such as poor air quality, will lead to enhanced health issues like asthma. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 Florida mourned the death of 26-year-old Christian Childers who died in January 2023 after his asthma was worsened by continuing to live inside a home choked with mold following Hurricane Ian. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Jan. 2024 Dryness can lead to issues like nosebleeds, persistent coughs, and discomfort, especially for people with lung diseases like asthma and COPD. TIME, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Asthma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asthma. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

asthma

noun
asth·​ma ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio)
: a condition that is marked by difficulty in breathing with wheezing, a feeling of tightness in the chest, and coughing
asthmatic adjective or noun
asthmatically adverb

Medical Definition

asthma

noun
asth·​ma ˈaz-mə How to pronounce asthma (audio)
: 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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