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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.

  2. Origin: 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

  2. Origin: [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. Nickolas Floratos:

    That’s how we came to find out they have asthma and allergies.

  2. Len Horovitz:

    We’re not just talking about asthma, we’re talking about cardiac issues as well.

  3. Celso Carvalho:

    This information strongly suggests that aerobic exercise has an anti-inflammatory effect in asthma.

  4. Mia Gonzalez:

    We freaked out to go from thinking she had asthma to being told she needed to have open heart surgery.

  5. Ria Dickason:

    We won't go back if it's anything close to the levels it's at now, my daughter has asthma so we are more alert to it.

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