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noun
deep, rapid, and labored breathing caused by an increased respiratory drive due to abnormally low blood oxygen levels, as in severe heart failure or asthma.
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How to use air hunger in a sentence

  • In extreme cases, phenomena which have been aptly described as those of “air-hunger” ensue.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • At times there may be exaggerated and deepened respiratory movements—the so-called air hunger.

    The Nervous Child|Hector Charles Cameron
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