Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A harsh, shrill, grating, or creaking sound.
  • noun Medicine A harsh, high-pitched sound in inhalation or exhalation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A harsh, creaking noise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A harsh, shrill, or creaking noise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A harsh, shrill, unpleasant noise.
  • noun medicine A high pitched sound heard on inspiration resulting from turbulent air flow in the upper airway usually indicative of serious airway obstruction.

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

  • noun a whistling sound when breathing (usually heard on inspiration); indicates obstruction of the trachea or larynx

Etymologies

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

[Latin strīdor, from strīdēre, to make harsh sounds, ultimately of imitative origin.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin strīdor ("shrill or harsh sound"), from strīdō ("make a shrill or harsh sound").

Examples

  • Expiratory stridor -- This occurs when your child breathes out and it indicates a problem further down the windpipe.

    Stridor (Noisy Breathing)

  • Biphasic stridor -- This occurs when your child breathes in and out, and it indicates a narrowing of the subglottis, the cartilage right below the vocal cords.

    Stridor (Noisy Breathing)

  • It is not what Briony needs—if she had been having stridor, we would have heard the noise in her throat with each sharp intake of air.

    Between Expectations

  • Noisy breathing (stridor) – An audible wheeze when your baby breathes in.

    Laryngomalacia

  • It is not what Briony needs—if she had been having stridor, we would have heard the noise in her throat with each sharp intake of air.

    Between Expectations

  • Inspiratory stridor -- This occurs when your child breathes and it indicates a collapse of tissue above the vocal cords.

    Stridor (Noisy Breathing)

  • • “Barky” cough that sounds similar to the barking of a seal or dog; making a harsh, raspy, whooping sound when inhaling stridor; drooling; loss of appetite; disinterest in drinking fluids; too tired to cough.

    Baby and Child Emergency First Aid

  • • “Barky” cough that sounds similar to the barking of a seal or dog; making a harsh, raspy, whooping sound when inhaling stridor; drooling; loss of appetite; disinterest in drinking fluids; too tired to cough.

    Baby and Child Emergency First Aid

  • I have witnessed what would seem to be a tonic seizure where the muscles become rigid, the back is arched, I hear a stridor breathing pattern and sometimes Elizabeth screams.

    The Neurologist: in brief

  • I have witnessed what would seem to be a tonic seizure where the muscles become rigid, the back is arched, I hear a stridor breathing pattern and sometimes Elizabeth screams.

    Archive 2008-10-01

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  • "So near the hull did they come, that the stridor or bony creak of their gaunt double-jointed pinions was audible."

    - Melville, Billy Budd

    July 21, 2011