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or or·thop·noe·a

[awr-thop-nee-uh, awr-thop-nee-uh, -thuh p-]
noun Pathology.
  1. difficult or painful breathing except in an erect sitting or standing position.
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Origin of orthopnea

1650–60; < Greek orthópnoia, equivalent to orthópno(os) breathing upright (ortho- ortho- + pno(ḗ) breath + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formsor·thop·ne·ic, or·thop·noe·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for orthopnea

Historical Examples

  • Orthopnea, pain, and excessive oppression at the bottom of the sternum.

    An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses

    William Withering

orthopnea in Medicine


(ôr′thŏp-nēə, ôr-thŏpnē-ə)
  1. Discomfort in breathing that is relieved by sitting or standing in an erect position.
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