from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease and resulting in shortness of breath. Also called air hunger.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Difficult or labored respiration.


Latin dyspnoea, from Greek duspnoia : dus-, dys- + pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dyspnoea, from δύσπνοια (dyspnoia, "bad breathing"), compound of δυσ- (dys, "bad, unfortunate") and πνοή (pnoē, "breeze"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Pygmalion carved Galatea
    And gave himself instant dyspnea.
    The girl of his making
    He made so breathtaking
    He gasped and he panted to see her.

    September 12, 2016