Definition of tachypnea in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtakə(p)ˈnēə/
(British tachypnoea)


Abnormally rapid breathing.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: tach·yp·ne·a

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