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[az-mat-ik, as-] /æzˈmæt ɪk, æs-/
adjective, Also, asthmatical
suffering from asthma.
pertaining to asthma:
an asthmatic wheeze.
a person suffering from asthma.
Origin of asthmatic
1535-45; < Latin asthmaticus < Greek asthmatikós, equivalent to asthmat- (stem of ásthma) asthma + -ikos -ic
Related forms
asthmatically, adverb
antiasthmatic, adjective, noun
nonasthmatic, adjective, noun
nonasthmatically, adverb
postasthmatic, adjective
unasthmatic, adjective Unabridged
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  • The sunburned hacendados had the bodies of people who live outdoors, for even the asthmatic Count had been a stockman.

    When the Owl Cries Paul Bartlett
  • The organ is asthmatic and the wheezing gets on my gray matter.

  • His head was bowed, his shoulders heaved horribly, and from him came a sound like an asthmatic horse whinnying.

    Command William McFee
  • "That's truth enough," said an asthmatic voice from the backstairs.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He used to do it himself; but now that he is getting old, he does not like the trouble, and it makes him asthmatic.

    The Elect Lady George MacDonald
  • He was short-breathed, asthmatic and possessed a tempestuous temper.

    Up the Forked River Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • In fact, as my physician advises the inhalation of tobacco smoke for my asthmatic difficulties, I will join you.

British Dictionary definitions for asthmatic


of, relating to, or having asthma
a person who has asthma
Derived Forms
asthmatically, adverb
Usage note
Rather than talking about an asthmatic or asthmatics, it is better to talk about a person with asthma, people with asthma
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for asthmatic

1540s, from Latin asthmaticus, from Greek asthmatikos, from asthma (see asthma). Noun meaning "person with asthma" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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