tachypnea

noun

tachy·​pnea ˌta-ki(p)-ˈnē-ə How to pronounce tachypnea (audio)
medical
: abnormally rapid breathing : increased rate of respiration
The patient had a clear airway and had tachypnea without hypoxemia. Jean E. Klig et al.
tachypneic adjective
He was tachypneic and his extremities were mottled consistent with peripheral septic emboli. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tachypnea was in 1892

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“Tachypnea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachypnea. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

tachypnea

noun

tachy·​pnea
variants or chiefly British tachypnoea
: abnormally rapid breathing : increased rate of respiration
Respiratory distress observed shortly after birth in large full-term infants who are delivered by cesarean section is frequently a result of transient tachypnea of the newborn. The New England Journal of Medicine
The patient had a clear airway and had tachypnea without hypoxemia. Jean E. Klig et al.
tachypneic adjective
or chiefly British tachypnoeic

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