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dyspnea Syllabification: dysp·ne·a
Pronunciation: /dispˈnēə/
(British dyspnoea)

Definition of dyspnea in English:


Difficult or labored breathing.
Example sentences
  • A 52 year old woman developed acute dyspnoea and hypoxia two hours after rapid drainage of a large left tuberculous pleural effusion.
  • Ordinary physical exercise does not cause fatigue, dyspnoea or palpitations
  • He had noticed increasing exertional dyspnoea and noisy breathing in the two months prior to presentation.


Pronunciation: /dispˈnēik/
Example sentences
  • On examination, the patient was mildly dyspneic, with massive ascites, left pleural effusion, left axillary lymphadenopathy and no hepatosplenomegaly.
  • A quiet chest in a dyspneic or obtunded patient with asthma is a serious event.
  • This scanner also will allow us to obtain diagnostic scans in patients who are too dyspneic to hold their breath.


Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek duspnoia, from dus- 'difficult' + pnoē 'breathing'.

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