[ am-fawr-ik, -for- ]
/ æmˈfɔr ɪk, -ˈfɒr- /


resembling the deep, hollow sound made by blowing across the mouth of a large, narrow-necked, empty bottle: amphoric breathing.

Origin of amphoric

First recorded in 1830–40; amphor(a) + -ic

Related forms

am·pho·ric·i·ty [am-fuh-ris-i-tee] /ˌæm fəˈrɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amphoric

  • The old doctor murmured some words about amphoric breathing, and a sound such as a cracked jar might give out.

    A Love Episode|Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for amphoric


/ (æmˈfɒrɪk) /


resembling the sound produced by blowing into a bottle. Amphoric breath sounds are heard through a stethoscope placed over a cavity in the lung
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Medicine definitions for amphoric


[ ăm-fôrĭk ]


Relating to or characteristic of a sound made by blowing across the mouth of a bottle. Used to describe sounds in percussion and auscultation.
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