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Meaning of ASTHMA

Pronunciation:  'azmu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin

ASTHMA is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: asthma attack, bronchial asthma
 See Also: bronchospasm, respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, status asthmaticus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Asth"ma\ (?; 277), n. [Gr. ? short-drawn breath, fr. ?
to blow, for ?: cf. Skr. v[=a], Goth. waian, to blow, E.
wind.] (Med.)
A disease, characterized by difficulty of breathing (due to a
spasmodic contraction of the bronchi), recurring at
intervals, accompanied with a wheezing sound, a sense of
constriction in the chest, a cough, and expectoration.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Disease with recurrent attacks of breathing difficulty characterized by wheezing. It is caused by spasms of the bronchial tubes, which can be caused by many factors including adverse reactions to drugs, vitamins, minerals or medicinal herbs.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: This is a respiratory disease characterized by an increased responsiveness of the trachea and bronchi to various stimuli, and manifested by widespread narrowing of the airways that changes in severity either spontaneously or as a result of treatment.

Symptoms: recurrent attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.

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