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ˈæz mə, ˈæs-asth·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asthma, asthma attack, bronchial asthma(noun)

    respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin


  1. asthma(Noun)

    A long-term respiratory condition, in which the airways may unexpectedly and suddenly narrow, often in response to an allergen, cold air, exercise, or emotional stress. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

    Etymology: From ἆσθμα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asthma(noun)

    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

    Etymology: [Gr. short-drawn breath, fr. to blow, for : cf. Skr. v, Goth. waian, to blow, E. wind.]


  1. Asthma

    Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Its diagnosis is usually based on the pattern of symptoms, response to therapy over time, and spirometry. It is clinically classified according to the frequency of symptoms, forced expiratory volume in one second, and peak expiratory flow rate. Asthma may also be classified as atopic or non-atopic where atopy refers to a predisposition toward developing type 1 hypersensitivity reactions. Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist and oral corticosteroids. In very severe cases, intravenous corticosteroids, magnesium sulfate, and hospitalization may be required. Symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers, such as allergens and irritants, and by the use of inhaled corticosteroids. Long-acting beta agonists or leukotriene antagonists may be used in addition to inhaled corticosteroids if asthma symptoms remain uncontrolled. The prevalence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s. In 2011, 235–300 million people globally have been diagnosed with asthma, and it caused 250,000 deaths.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Asthma

    ast′ma, n. a chronic disorder of the organs of respiration, characterised by the occurrence of paroxysms in which the breathing becomes difficult, and accompanied by wheezing and a distressing feeling of tightness in the chest.—adjs. Asthmat′ic, -al, pertaining to or affected by asthma.—adv. Asthmat′ically. [Gr. asthma, asthmat-osaz-ein, to breathe hard, a-ein, to blow.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Asthma

    A form of bronchial disorder with three distinct components: airway hyper-responsiveness (RESPIRATORY HYPERSENSITIVITY), airway INFLAMMATION, and intermittent AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION. It is characterized by spasmodic contraction of airway smooth muscle, WHEEZING, and dyspnea (DYSPNEA, PAROXYSMAL).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of asthma in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of asthma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of asthma in a Sentence

  1. Roger McClellan:

    EPA is trying to extrapolate adult clinical test results involving ozone to populations with asthma, and younger populations, i don’t think there is wide agreement today that ozone causes asthma, though it does trigger asthmatic attacks. We have to be mindful that the respiration in these tests is probably greater than on most playgrounds.

  2. Ulrike Gehring:

    Exposure to air pollution is thought to cause asthma by effecting the size and structure of the developing lung as well as the developing immune system, the exact mechanisms behind the association between air pollution exposure and asthma in children, however, are not clear.

  3. Sumita Khatri:

    The carbon pollution you see in the atmosphere does affect the wide ranges of temperatures, which, in itself, are triggers for people with asthma.

  4. Paul Turner:

    We still need to analyze our data with regards to safety in children who also have asthma, but the preliminary data indicates that children with well-controlled asthma who are well at the time of vaccination do not experience any significant respiratory problems following LAIV.

  5. Eric Schadt:

    We are delighted with the initial results we’ve seen after six months of using Apple’s ResearchKit framework for our Asthma Health app, we recruited and enrolled over 8,600 research participants in our study, remotely via the Asthma Health app without direct, in-person, contact.

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