Origin of asthmaMiddle English asma from Medieval Latin from Classical Greek asthma, a panting, asthma
Having episodes of wheezing, tightness in the chest, and coughing is an example of asthma.
Origin of asthmaMiddle English asma from Medieval Latin from Greek asthma
left: inflamed bronchial tube with contracted muscles and mucus discharge
right: normal bronchial tube
(usually uncountable, plural asthmas or asthmata)
Borrowing from Ancient Greek ἆσθμα (asthma) ("laborous breathing").
- He was afflicted with asthma, and his retirement was relieved only by the society of a few chosen friends.
- He suffered much from asthma, a complaint which was aggravated by the London smoke.
- It was known as Nottingham House, but when bought from the second earl by William, who was desirous of avoiding residence in London as he suffered from asthma, it became known as Kensington Palace.
- The conditions in which bromides are most frequently used are insomnia, epilepsy, whooping-cough, delirium tremens, asthma, migraine, laryngismus stridulus, the symptoms often attendant upon the climacteric in women, hysteria, neuralgia, certain nervous disorders of the heart, strychnine poisoning, nymphomania and spermatorrhoea.
- The physiological action of stramonium resembles that of belladonna, except that stramonium relaxes to a greater extent the unstriped muscle of the bronchial tubes; for this reason it is used in asthma to relieve the bronchial spasm.