or tach·yp·noe·a

[tak-ip-nee-uh, tak-i-nee-uh]

noun Medicine/Medical.

excessively rapid respiration.

Origin of tachypnea

First recorded in 1895–1900; tachy- + -pnea
Related formstach·yp·ne·ic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tachypnea

"hysterical rapid breathing," 1896, from tachy- "swift" + -pnea, from pnein "to breathe" (see pneuma). Related: Tachypneic.

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tachypnea in Medicine


[tăk′ĭp-nēə, tăk′ĭ-nēə]


Rapid breathing.polypnea
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