Definition of asthma in English:

asthma

noun

mass noun
  • A respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.

    • ‘The fungi can also worsen the symptoms of asthma and cause allergic sinusitis.’
    • ‘Members suffer from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.’
    • ‘If you have allergic asthma, you or other family members may well also suffer from eczema or hay fever.’
    • ‘Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and is linked with hay fever and asthma.’
    • ‘This means it is very bad for people with respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.’
    • ‘Vaccinating children with asthma against influenza has never really caught on.’
    • ‘Patients with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes were not regularly monitored.’
    • ‘It also focuses on major health issues like heart disease, asthma and diabetes.’
    • ‘Beta blockers are not suitable for people with respiratory problems such as asthma.’
    • ‘When a person has asthma, an attack can be started by a number of different things.’
    • ‘Our data may shed light on the role of diet in the allergy and asthma epidemic.’
    • ‘People who breathe in the fine pollen may have an asthma or hay fever attack as a result.’
    • ‘This deserves investigation as a clue to early developmental influences on asthma.’
    • ‘Treatments aim to reduce the frequency, severity and length of asthma attacks.’
    • ‘In both generations the prevalence of asthma was higher in participants with hay fever.’
    • ‘Children diagnosed as asthmatic were more likely to have a family history of asthma.’
    • ‘It has been noted that guide dogs working in towns breathe the same pollutants as humans yet do not have asthma.’
    • ‘It is not suitable for people who have a history of stomach ulcers, or for some people with asthma.’
    • ‘Both parents have asthma, and his mother is worried that he too might have asthma.’
    • ‘The causes of asthma are not fully known but it is partly an allergic condition.’

Origin

Late Middle English from medieval Latin asma, from Greek asthma, from azein ‘breathe hard’.

Pronunciation

asthma

/ˈasmə/