stridor

noun

stri·​dor ˈstrī-dər How to pronounce stridor (audio)
-ˌdȯr
1
: a harsh, shrill, or creaking noise
2
: a harsh vibrating sound heard during respiration in cases of obstruction of the air passages

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stridor. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

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