Definition of tachypnea in English:


Syllabification: tach·yp·ne·a
Pronunciation: /ˌtakə(p)ˈnēə
(British tachypnoea)


  • Abnormally rapid breathing.
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    • On her second hospital day she developed fever, tachycardia and tachypnea, progressive respiratory distress, and hypotension.
    • Abnormal findings on examination included decreased breath sounds, tachypnea, rapid atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate as high as 170, splenomegaly, and a right-sided abdominal mass.
    • The patient was an obese white woman who was in mild respiratory distress with tachypnea of 22 breaths/min.


late 19th century: from tachy- 'swift' + Greek pnoē 'breathing'.

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