asthma

noun asth·ma \ ˈaz-mə , British ˈas- \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

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)

asthmatic

play \az-ˈma-tik, British as-\ adjective or noun

asthmatically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of 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


ASTHMA Defined for English Language Learners

asthma

Definition of asthma for English Language Learners

  • medical : a physical condition that makes it difficult for someone to breathe


ASTHMA Defined for Kids

asthma

noun asth·ma \ ˈaz-mə \

Definition of asthma for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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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