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- n. shortness of breath, breathing difficulty
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Short and rapid breathing; a panting; asthma.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Shortness of breath; a panting; difficult respiration; asthma.
- n. Eager desire or aspiration.
They settle upon them a suffocative anhelation, which is truly the most oppressive form of slavery.
The quick anhelation, and palpitation of the heart, of those, who are immersed in cold water, depends on the quiescence of the external absorbent vessels and capillaries.
At first they have great anhelation and palpitation of heart at their ingress into cold water; but by the habit of a few weeks they are able to bear this diminution of heat with little or no inconvenience; for the power of volition has some influence over the muscles subservient to respiration, and by its counter efforts gradually prevents the quick breathing, and diminishes the associations of the pulmonary vessels with the cutaneous ones.
All the same symptoms occur in the cold fits of intermittents; in these the coldness and paleness of the skin with thirst evince the diminution of cutaneous absorption; and the dryness of ulcers, and small secretion of urine, evince the torpor of the secerning system; and the anhelation, and coldness of the breath, shew the terminations of the pulmonary artery to be likewise affected with torpor.