over·​breath·​ing ˌō-vər-ˈbrē-t͟hiŋ How to pronounce overbreathing (audio)
: hyperventilation
Beta-blocking drugs … are helpful in controlling overbreathing.Paul Donohue
overbreathe intransitive verb
overbreathed; overbreathing
He often overbreathes during a panic attack.

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Recent Examples on the Web Nose breathing also helps combat overbreathing. Dana Santas, CNN, 7 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overbreathing was in 1919

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“Overbreathing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbreathing. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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