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)
asthmaticplay \az-ˈma-tik, British as-\ adjective or noun
asthmaticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of asthma from the Web
In the U.S., Shieh once paid $40 for asthma medication.
Auburn wide receiver signee JaTarvious Whitlow overcame severe childhood asthma to win nine state titles and become an All-State athlete in three sports.
In 2001, Megan Wilson, 16, who had chronic asthma, was having trouble breathing, according to a 2006 story in The Seattle Weekly.
Soccer’s David Beckham has helped normalize asthma ; Michael Phelps has done the same for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
On Super Bowl Sunday in February, Cannizzaro had a severe asthma attack.
Parmely also has a 2-year-old with asthma, which is aggravated by allergens in mice droppings.
But the vehicle for these policies was in its own way even more interesting: an anecdote about his daughter Malia's childhood struggles with asthma.
The EPA says exposure to these can lead to heart and lung disease, aggravated asthma, and decreased lung function—
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Origin and Etymology of asthma
Middle English asma, from Medieval Latin, modification of Greek asthma
First Known Use: 14th century
ASTHMA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of asthma for English Language Learners
medical : a physical condition that makes it difficult for someone to breathe
ASTHMA Defined for Kids
Definition of asthma for Students
: a lung disorder that causes periods of wheezing, coughing, and difficulty with breathing
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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