- Pathology. a paroxysmal, often allergic disorder of respiration, characterized by bronchospasm, wheezing, and difficulty in expiration, often accompanied by coughing and a feeling of constriction in the chest.
Origin of asthma
Examples from the Web for asthma
Asthma is one of the most common diseases among children, affecting roughly one in every eleven kids.More Germs, Less Asthma? Study Shows Babies Exposed to Bacteria and Dander at Less Risk
June 6, 2014
(Though in keeping with the American obsession for these things May is designated as Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month).Blame Climate Change for Your Terrible Seasonal Allergies
May 14, 2014
It can also lead to a number of other ailments, including diabetes, asthma, and even heart failure.Research Shows Link Between NSAID Use and Gut Disease
Valerie Vande Panne
April 21, 2014
Jane* was barely 40-years-old when her asthma caused her to turn blue and stop breathing.
But new research shows it is indeed real, and may be the cause of asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, and more.
Perhaps then my (coughing) —my—my asthma will invent some opportunity to carry me off.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Now it was rheumatism, now the palsy, and then again the asthma.Paul Prescott's Charge
And in other cases, asthma, dropsy, and epilepsy are caused.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
My father had asthma terribly and was advised to come to Minnesota for his health.Old Rail Fence Corners
I have gout, asthma, and seven other maladies, but am otherwise very well.How to Succeed
Orison Swett Marden
- a respiratory disorder, often of allergic origin, characterized by difficulty in breathing, wheezing, and a sense of constriction in the chest
Word Origin and History for asthma
late 14c. asma, asma, from Latin asthma, from Greek asthma "short breath, a panting," from azein "breathe hard," probably related to anemos "wind." The -th- was restored in English 16c.
- Bronchial asthma.
- A common inflammatory disease of the lungs characterized by episodic airway obstruction caused by extensive narrowing of the bronchi and bronchioles. The narrowing is caused by spasm of smooth muscle, edema of the mucosa, and the presence of mucus in the airway resulting from an immunologic reaction that can be induced by allergies, irritants, infection, stress, and other factors in a genetically predisposed individual. Common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
A chronic disease of the respiratory system, characterized by sudden, recurring attacks of difficult breathing, wheezing, and coughing. During an attack, the bronchial tubes go into spasms, becoming narrower and less able to move air into the lungs. Various substances to which the sufferer has an allergy, such as animal hair, dust, pollen, or certain foods, can trigger an attack.