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orthopnea

or or·thop·noe·a

[ awr-thop-nee-uh, awr-thop-nee-uh, -thuhp- ]
/ ɔrˈθɒp ni ə, ˌɔr θɒpˈni ə, -θəp- /
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noun Pathology.
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() breath + -os adj. suffix) + -ia-ia

OTHER WORDS FROM orthopnea

or·thop·ne·ic, or·thop·noe·ic, adjective
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Medical definitions for orthopnea

orthopnea
[ ôr′thŏp-nēə, ôr-thŏpnē-ə ]

n.
Discomfort in breathing that is relieved by sitting or standing in an erect position.
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