breath·ing | \ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ \

Definition of breathing 

: either of the marks ʽ and ʼ used in writing Greek to indicate aspiration or its absence

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One cause: Microscopic tracheal mites that infect the breathing tubes of bees, reducing their air flow, making them less efficient workers. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 When the diaphragm goes, so does your ability to inhale; surgical patients administered the drug are typically intubated with a breathing tube, their respiratory status carefully monitored. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "The Untested Drugs at the Heart of Nevada's Execution Controversy," 11 July 2018 The boy was breathing and officers attempted to stop the bleeding, Dyer said. Brittny Mejia,, "Fresno man arrested after 2-year-old dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound," 10 July 2018 This can manifest as hives, itching, and watery eyes or anaphylaxis, a severe reaction that can include critical drops in blood pressure, difficulty breathing and possibly even swelling of the throat. Ronald S. Litman,, "Should I worry about my child being allergic to anesthesia?," 9 July 2018 Deep breathing also helps another result of COPD — moderate cognitive impairment. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 Those participants, Inc explained, were each hooked up to sensors to monitor their stress levels from their brain activity, heart rate, blood pressure, breathing. Southern Living, "This Song Will Instantly Lower Your Stress Level By 65 Percent," 3 July 2018 The hazmat crew had entered the building and was trying to determine what caused so many to suffer breathing problems, nausea and possible loss of consciousness. CBS News, ""Mass hysteria" at e-cigarette plant, 20 hospitalized," 25 June 2018 The disease occurs in just one in every 500,000 births, and leads to breathing problems and trouble with mobility. Julie Mazziotta,, "Baby Born with Painful Skin Disease Who Requires Bleach Baths Is Surviving Despite the Odds," 21 June 2018

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1746, in the meaning defined above

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