or or·thop·noe·a

[ awr-thop-nee-uh, awr-thop-nee-uh, -thuhp- ]

  1. difficult or painful breathing except in an erect sitting or standing position.

Origin of orthopnea

1650–60; <Greek orthópnoia, equivalent to orthópno(os) breathing upright (ortho-ortho- + pno() breath + -os adj. suffix) + -ia-ia

Other words from orthopnea

  • or·thop·ne·ic, or·thop·noe·ic, adjective

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