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

Examples of asthma in a Sentence

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In that scenario, having a solid supply of high-quality dust masks in your emergency kit can be a true life saver, especially for anyone with a respiratory condition such as asthma. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t forget your medications when building your disaster plan," 1 Sep. 2019 The toxins can hinder breathing and oxygen flow and exacerbate chronic conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Washington Post, "As Amazon burns, breathing problems spike," 28 Aug. 2019 These are people on drugs for chronic illness such as asthma, afib and COPD. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: My name worked fine until a DMV clerk changed it," 18 Aug. 2019 Lenny Izzo, the town’s Health Department director, said in the statement that temperature changes have the potential to exacerbate existing health conditions, such as asthma and cardiovascular disease. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, "Wellesley receives $25,000 grant to help combat climate change," 30 July 2019 Don’t forget any specialty appointments to address health issues, such as asthma or allergies. Tamekia Reece, Good Housekeeping, "The Ultimate Back-to-School Checklist," 29 July 2019 The medical staff on the van also provides support for chronic diseases such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease, among other services. Kim Sykes/share, Cincinnati.com, "Deaconess Foundation launches new mobile health check unit," 9 July 2019 Sensitive groups are people who suffer from respiratory problems such as asthma. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ontario wildfires have created unsafe air quality in some areas of Wisconsin," 8 July 2019 The Los Angeles Times reports that some doctors may have been giving children medical exemptions for questionable purposes, such as asthma. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Is Jessica Biel Anti-Vaxx?," 15 June 2019

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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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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 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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