Definition of dyspnoea in English:

dyspnoea

(US dyspnea)

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] Difficult or laboured breathing:

    ‘many soldiers presented with acute dyspnoea’
    • ‘Acute dyspnea is a common clinical finding in the emergency department and other urgent care locations.’
    • ‘Ordinary physical exercise does not cause fatigue, dyspnoea or palpitations’
    • ‘He had noticed increasing exertional dyspnoea and noisy breathing in the two months prior to presentation.’
    • ‘A 52 year old woman developed acute dyspnoea and hypoxia two hours after rapid drainage of a large left tuberculous pleural effusion.’
    • ‘She was admitted to another hospital, where she continued to have shortness of breath and dyspnea.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek duspnoia, from dus- difficult + pnoē breathing.

Pronunciation

dyspnoea

/dɪspˈniːə/