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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asthma  \Asth"ma\  (?;  277),  n.  [Gr.  ?  short-drawn  breath,  fr  ? 
  to  blow,  for  ?:  cf  Skr.  v[=a],  Goth.  waian,  to  blow,  E. 
  wind.]  (Med.) 
  A  disease,  characterized  by  difficulty  of  breathing  (due  to  a 
  spasmodic  contraction  of  the  bronchi),  recurring  at 
  intervals,  accompanied  with  a  wheezing  sound,  a  sense  of 
  constriction  in  the  chest,  a  cough,  and  expectoration. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asthma 
  n  :  respiratory  disorder  characterized  by  wheezing;  often  of 
  allergic  origin  [syn:  {asthma  attack},  {bronchial  asthma}] 




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