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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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Examples from the Web for asthmatic
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  • "That's truth enough," said an asthmatic voice from the backstairs.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • He was short-breathed, asthmatic and possessed a tempestuous temper.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • "You will pardon me, Mr. Audley," he said, with asthmatic breathlessness.

  • Every now and then he uttered a loud snort, that sounded like an asthmatic cough.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
  • The engine was also out of sorts, coughing like an asthmatic victim.

    The Sequel George A. Taylor
  • "She is susceptible to asthmatic attacks," observed the General.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • The organ is asthmatic and the wheezing gets on my gray matter.

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
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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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