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  • n. Alternative spelling of dyspnea.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Difficulty of breathing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, difficulty of breathing; difficult or labored respiration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. difficult or labored respiration
  • n. difficult or labored respiration


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  • No signs of violence were to be discovered upon Sir Charles's person, and though the doctor's evidence pointed to an almost incredible facial distortion -- so great that Dr. Mortimer refused at first to believe that it was indeed his friend and patient who lay before him -- it was explained that that is a symptom which is not unusual in cases of dyspnoea {2} and death from cardiac exhaustion.

    The Seriously Deranged Writer and the Model Cars

  • When in a fever not of the intermittent type dyspnoea and delirium come on, the case is mortal.


  • They form in the inferior parts when there is a collection of phlegm about the hypochondria; and in the upper when the continue soft and free of pain, and when dyspnoea having been present for a certain time, ceases without any obvious cause.

    The Book Of Prognostics

  • And they are under the necessity of keeping the neck bent forward at the great vertebra, in order that their head may not hang downward; this, therefore, occasions great contraction of the pharynx by its inclination inward; for, even in those who are erect in stature, dyspnoea is induced by this bone inclining inward, until it be restored to its place.

    On The Articulations

  • In February, 2004, we saw a 40-year-old obese white woman who complained of dyspnoea shortness of breath. 5 days earlier, her appetite had decreased, and she had felt nauseous and had since vomited four to six times daily.

    Low-carb diet takes one below the belt | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • With the first warm weather, when the pear trees began to blossom, she suffered from dyspnoea.

    Madame Bovary

  • In my case, what was physically evident might equally well have been due to nervous spasms, to the first stages of tuberculosis, to asthma, to a toxi-alimentary dyspnoea with renal insufficiency, to chronic bronchitis, or to a complex state into which more than one of these factors entered.

    Within a Budding Grove

  • Symptoms of HCN poisoning include respiratory dyspnoea, intense red conjunctive, frothing at the mouth, bloat, a staggering gait, convulsions and violent death.

    Chapter 2

  • Symptoms of HCN poisoning are due to oxygen starvation at the cellular level and include laboured breathing (dyspnoea), intense red conjunctive, frothing at the mouth, bloat, convulsions and a staggering gait.

    Chapter 4

  • The symptoms always show certain general characteristics: lowered blood pressure, paralysis of the higher brain functions, dyspnoea, low temperature, etc.

    Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1913 - Presentation Speech


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  • An odd English word that has a string of 3 consonants followed by three vowels. A call to Wordniks to find other examples of the "cccvvv" string in other words.

    March 16, 2011

  • Dying nobly? My sweet arse hole. One of them wrote verse. Verse! Write verse about this: a Left Inguinal Colostomy. Shit, blood, puke and a body no longer dependable, metastases, dyspnoea... I shut my eyes but weep under the lids.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 23, 2008