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").
asthma - Medical Definition
- asth·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk)
- 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.
- Amid many sufferings, however, and frequent attacks of sickness, he manfully pursued his course; nor was it till his frail body, torn by many and painful diseases - fever, asthma, stone, and gout, the fruits for the most part of his sedentary habits and unceasing activity - had, as it were, fallen to pieces around him, that his indomitable spirit relinquished the conflict.
- Cared little for London, the smoke of which gave him asthma, and when a great part of Whitehall was burnt in 1691 he purchased Nottingham House and made it into Kensington Palace.
- In treating an actual and present attack of asthma, it is advisable to give the standardized tincture of belladonna - unless expense is no consideration, in which case atropine may itself be used - in doses of twenty minims every quarter of an hour as long as no evil effects appear.