heaves

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
\ ˈhēvz How to pronounce heaves (audio) \

Medical Definition of heaves

1 : chronic emphysema of the horse affecting the alveolae of the lungs and resulting in difficult expiration, heaving of the flanks, and a persistent cough

called also broken wind

2 : a spell of retching or vomiting

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“Heaves.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/heaves. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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