Definition of asthma in English:


Syllabification: asth·ma
Pronunciation: /ˈazmə


  • A respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
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    • 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.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin asma, from Greek asthma, from azein 'breathe hard'.

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