hyperventilation

noun
hy·​per·​ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ ˌhī-pər-ˌven-tə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of hyperventilation

: excessive rate and depth of respiration leading to abnormal loss of carbon dioxide from the blood

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To get relief, Marisa relies on a rescue inhaler and also uses the Butekyo method, which is a breathing technique that focuses on consciously reducing a person’s breathing rate to avoid hyperventilation. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 People Describe What an Asthma Attack Actually Feels Like," 14 Nov. 2018 But another honorable function is to disentangle it from rapacious marketplace hyperventilation, so that it can be clearly seen. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "MOCA still mum about curator's firing, despite crucial questions and too few answers," 20 Mar. 2018 And Link, to her credit and with great help from the honest Zacharias, avoids the trap of hyperventilation or bathos, into which movies based on Tolstoy often sink. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "It's Monday. It's Rogers Park. And thanks to the strength of Chicago theater, it's time for 'Anna Karenina'," 2 Mar. 2018 And stress originates in the brain, where chemicals cause blood pressure to go up, and can trigger hyperventilation, said Judith Kupersmith, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Neurologists explain how Olympic athletes’ brains help them pull off those McTwists and triple Lutzes," 23 Feb. 2018 Airsickness, hyperventilation, hypocapnia and spatial disorientation, when pilots can’t tell up from down, share some similarities with hypoxia. Capt. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Air Force might learn from oxygen problem in Navy trainers," 25 Feb. 2018 And stress originates in the brain, when chemicals cause blood pressure to go up, and can trigger hyperventilation, said Judith Kupersmith, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Olympic athlete's brains play big role in those McTwists," 24 Feb. 2018 Asia’s sobs break into screams and hyperventilation. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "Don’t dare scoff: The cries we hear in Applebee’s video come from a legacy of pain," 14 Feb. 2018 Perhaps that sounds boring to you, so it’s high time for some hyperventilation. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, "Hapless in Democratland," 1 Feb. 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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hyperventilation

noun
hy·​per·​ven·​ti·​la·​tion | \ -ˌvent-ᵊl-ˈā-shən \

Medical Definition of hyperventilation

: excessive ventilation specifically : excessive rate and depth of respiration leading to abnormal loss of carbon dioxide from the blood

called also overventilation

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