orthopnea

noun
or·​thop·​nea
variants: or chiefly British orthopnoea \ ȯr-​ˈthäp-​nē-​ə also ˌȯr-​ˌthäp-​ˈnē-​ə \

Medical Definition of orthopnea

: difficulty in breathing that occurs when lying down and is relieved upon changing to an upright position (as in congestive heart failure)

Other Words from orthopnea

orthopneic or chiefly British orthopnoeic \ -​ik How to pronounce orthopnoeic (audio) \ adjective

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“Orthopnea.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/orthopnea. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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