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stridor

[ strahy-der ]

noun

  1. a harsh, grating, or creaking sound.
  2. Pathology. a harsh respiratory sound due to any of various forms of obstruction of the breathing passages.


stridor

/ ˈstraɪdɔː /

noun

  1. pathol a high-pitched whistling sound made during respiration, caused by obstruction of the air passages
  2. literary.
    a harsh or shrill sound


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Word History and Origins

Origin of stridor1

1625–35; < Latin strīdor, equivalent to strīd ( ēre ) ( strident ) + -or -or 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of stridor1

C17: from Latin; see strident

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Example Sentences

Something extraordinary rent the air, dominating with its stridor the confused sounds of night.

The axillary temperature was 103°, pulse 140; slight stridor in breathing and some cough; fauces very red, but free from membrane.

“Three and three,” he shouted above the combined stridor of wind and sea.

A pause followed, the emptier for the preceding stridor of his voice.

In these cases there is marked stridor both on inspiration and expiration, but no aphonia.

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