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

Origin of stridor

1625–35; < Latin strīdor, equivalent to strīd(ēre) (see strident) + -or -or1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stridor

Historical Examples of stridor

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

    The Dead Command

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for stridor



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

Word Origin for stridor

C17: from Latin; see strident
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Word Origin and History for stridor

1630s, from Latin stridor, from stridere (see strident).

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Medicine definitions for stridor


[strīdər, -dôr′]


A high-pitched noisy sound occurring during inhalation or exhalation, a sign of respiratory obstruction.
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