chokes

[ chohks ]
/ tʃoʊks /
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noun Informal.

a manifestation of caisson disease that is characterized by dyspnea, coughing, and choking.

Nearby words

  1. chokedamp,
  2. chokehold,
  3. chokepoint,
  4. choker,
  5. choker-setter,
  6. chokey,
  7. choking,
  8. chokingly,
  9. choko,
  10. choky

Origin of chokes

see origin at choke, -s3

Origin of choke

1150–1200; Middle English choken, cheken, variant of achoken, acheken, Old English ācēocian to suffocate; akin to Old Norse kōk gullet

SYNONYMS FOR choke
3. block, dam, plug.

Related formschoke·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·choke, verb (used with object), in·ter·choked, in·ter·chok·ing.un·choke·a·ble, adjectiveun·choked, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for chokes

choke

/ (tʃəʊk) /

verb

noun


Derived Formschokeable, adjective

Word Origin for choke

Old English ācēocian, of Germanic origin; related to cheek

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Word Origin and History for chokes
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Medicine definitions for chokes

chokes

[ chōks ]

n.

A manifestation of caisson disease or altitude sickness characterized by dyspnea, coughing, and choking.

choke

[ chōk ]

v.

To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.

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