- 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
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Something extraordinary rent the air, dominating with its stridor the confused sounds of night.The Dead Command
Vicente Blasco Ibez
- 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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1630s, from Latin stridor, from stridere (see strident).
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- A high-pitched noisy sound occurring during inhalation or exhalation, a sign of respiratory obstruction.
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