• WordNet 3.6
    • n asthma respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Asthma affects one in fifteen children under the age of eighteen
    • n Asthma (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fourteen people die each day from asthma in the United States
    • n asthma A paroxysmal disorder of respiration, characterized by labored breathing, sibilant rales, a feeling of constriction in the chest, and cough. The essential feature of the attacks is the contraction of the bronchial tubes through spasm of the muscles in their walls. The name is sometimes loosely applied to other dyspnœic conditions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers. So says a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.
    • n Asthma ast′ma 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. short-drawn breath, fr. to blow, for : cf. Skr. , Goth. waian, to blow, E. wind,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. asthma, asthmat-osaz-ein, to breathe hard, a-ein, to blow.


In literature:

Really, have you the asthma?
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Has bad air, like me with my asthma.
"Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)" by Frank Wedekind
I found Dykeman in his room, propped up in bed, wheezing with an attack of asthma.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
No wonder his best friends called him disparaging names; he was living up to the hardest of them now, and he with asthma on him as it was!
"" by E.W. Hornung
The doctor's certificate says asthma, bronchitis, pulmonary consumption, or something of that sort.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Eye, Ear, and Throat Diseases; Bronchitis, Catarrh, Asthma.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
Often he had choking spells of asthma at night.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
It may be caused by an attack of asthma or may result from chronic bronchitis.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
One man wanted the skin, the Indians begged for the flesh, to dry it, and use it as a specific against asthma.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
All came in with asthma.
"A Book of Sibyls" by Anne Thackeray (Mrs. Richmond Ritchie)

In poetry:

But will it all be left to me?
That's the idea.
Breathe heavily
(Asthma with rhythm)
"He'S AboutT 22, I'm 63" by Helene M Johnson
But even on this bitter shore of Styx
Where Life to dogged Death puts the last schism,
We kindle for the ending of the dark:
The Asthma feebly jokes the Aneurism,
The little bandaged boy in Number Six
Sings "Ye shall die" with a voice like a lark.
"Charing Cross" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

Seventeen-year-old Missouri high school senior Taffee Fuiava suffers from the same weight-induced asthma that killed her father.
A study involving 893 patients at the Allergy and Asthma Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, found that rush immunotherapy offers significantly faster relief than conventional protocols of allergy shots.
Finally, after a year of going from doctor to doctor, the Frankenfelds found Dr Bill Lanting, at the Asthma and Allergy Center of the Rockies.
Friends and family of Danielle Jelinek continued their search Thursday for the Oakdale woman who went missing last weekend, reportedly without her coat, purse or asthma inhaler.
In Waynesboro, Dr Steven Mumbauer with Waynesboro Pediatrics says children are coming to him with colds, strep throat and asthma flares.
More people in Upstate New York suffering from asthma .
More people in upstate New York suffer from asthma .
Smoky bar triggered fatal asthma attack.
More than four hundred families laced up their sneakers for the Inaugural Asthma Walk in Tallahassee.
They are blowing the whistle on asthma , hundreds of them to help find a cure.
Residents gathered at Southwood in Tallahassee for the 5K Asthma Walk.
Did you know there is free help in Madison for those who can't afford to treat their asthma .
Asthma for children and adults in Connecticut is higher than the national average and children in cities have a particularly high rate of the.
Children born after infertility treatments are more likely to suffer from asthma .
Fertility treatment ' asthma link'.

In science:

Role of prostanoid DP receptor variants in susceptibility to asthma.
Markov basis and Groebner basis of Segre-Veronese configuration for testing independence in group-wise selections