[az-mat-ik, as-]

adjective Also asth·mat·i·cal.

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 formsasth·mat·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·asth·mat·ic, adjective, nounnon·asth·mat·ic, adjective, nounnon·asth·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbpost·asth·mat·ic, adjectiveun·asth·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for asthmatic

Contemporary Examples of asthmatic

Historical Examples of asthmatic

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for asthmatic



of, relating to, or having asthma


a person who has asthma
Derived Formsasthmatically, adverb


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