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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Then breathing becomes laboured and people start salivating and then foaming at the mouth. Ciara Nugent, Time, "'There Will Be Severe Pain.' What to Know About the New Novichok Nerve Agent Poisoning in the U.K.," 5 July 2018 When the officer arrived, Pacheco had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, the report said. Emily Sweeney,, "Rehoboth man allegedly playing with gun accidentally kills 17-year-old friend," 27 June 2018 When paramedics came to the apartment on Burroughs Court, off Hiawassee Road, the boy was not breathing and didn’t have a pulse. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "'I told him not to put his hands on my child:' Man accused of killing 5-year-old son starts trial," 25 June 2018 When paramedics arrived, the woman was breathing and conscious, although not coherent, Holm said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifeguard saves woman from nearly drowning at the Southwest YMCA in Greenfield," 22 June 2018 One idea is that SIDS is caused by a stoppage in breathing, often through accidental suffocation. Dana G. Smith, Scientific American, "Sound Awake: “Noisy” Neurons May Repeatedly Disrupt Your Sleep," 1 May 2018 Also, without copper, breathing is kind of pointless. Joe Songer,, "Awesome dogs and owners we saw at Mutt Strut 2018," 7 Apr. 2018 The prospective juror had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, according to Law360, so Lilja and the nurse gave the man CPR, and also used a defibrillator to administer shocks twice until the paramedics arrived. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "This Story About an Offspring Drummer Turned Ob-gyn Has Everything," 29 Mar. 2018 Higher levels of exposure can cause chest pain, more severe breathing difficulties, vomiting, pneumonia, and fluid in the lungs. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Soldier Found Guilty of Building, Exploding Poison Gas Bomb," 26 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of breathing

1746, in the meaning defined above

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