[ disp-nee-uh ]
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  1. difficult or labored breathing.

Origin of dyspnea

First recorded in 1675–85; dys- + -pnea

Other words from dyspnea

  • dysp·ne·ic, adjective

Words Nearby dyspnea

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How to use dyspnea in a sentence

  • After the dyspnea has passed the edges of the wound should be brought together with sutures.

  • The other is accompanied by dyspnea or asthma with a sense of discomfort and tightness of the chest that cannot be overcome.

    Psychotherapy | James J. Walsh
  • Dizziness may be complained of and dyspnea is usually marked.

    Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension: | Louis Marshall Warfield
  • The patient has the symptoms resulting from dilatation,dyspnea and serous effusion.

    Why We Punctuate | William Livingston Klein
  • In great dyspnea the horse stands with his front feet apart, with his neck straight out, and his head extended upon his neck.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse | United States Department of Agriculture

Scientific definitions for dyspnea


[ dĭsp-nēə ]

  1. Difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease and resulting in shortness of breath.

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