[awr-thop-nee-uh, awr-thop-nee-uh, -thuh p-]
- difficult or painful breathing except in an erect sitting or standing position.
Origin of orthopnea
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On the following night eight convulsions occurred, attended by orthopnoea, and mucous rles in the chest from pulmonary oedema.
- Discomfort in breathing that is relieved by sitting or standing in an erect position.
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