stri·​dor ˈstrī-dər How to pronounce stridor (audio)
: a harsh, shrill, or creaking noise
: a harsh vibrating sound heard during respiration in cases of obstruction of the air passages

Examples of stridor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is an important observation, because the causes of stridor are different from other types of wheezing. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 If Ian’s diagnosis of stridor and the surgery had been delayed, the mass could have led to the complete obstruction of the airway and sudden suffocation, or a leakage of esophageal contents, laden with bacteria from the mouth. W Roy Smythe, Discover Magazine, 4 Oct. 2011 There was a marked stridor and retraction of the intercostal spaces. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2014 Other hallmarks of the condition are a harsh, grating sound when a patient breathes in—inspiratory stridor—and respiratory distress. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 Other croup symptoms include a hoarse voice, throat pain and stridor—a creaking rattle when a child inhales. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 3 Feb. 2022

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Word History


Latin, from stridere, stridēre

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stridor was in 1632

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Cite this Entry

“Stridor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a harsh vibrating sound heard during respiration in cases of obstruction of the air passages
laryngeal stridor
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