status asthmaticus

noun
status asth·​mat·​i·​cus | \-az-ˈmat-i-kəs \

Medical Definition of status asthmaticus 

: a prolonged severe attack of asthma that is unresponsive to initial standard therapy, is characterized especially by dyspnea, dry cough, wheezing, and hypoxemia, and that may lead to respiratory failure

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