Definition of tachypnoea in English:


(US tachypnea)


mass nounMedicine
  • Abnormally rapid breathing.

    • ‘The patient was an obese white woman who was in mild respiratory distress with tachypnea of 22 breaths/min.’
    • ‘On admission, the patient had tachypnea with a respiratory rate of 30 breaths/min.’
    • ‘On her second hospital day she developed fever, tachycardia and tachypnea, progressive respiratory distress, and hypotension.’
    • ‘Abnormal findings on examination included decreased breath sounds, tachypnea, rapid atrial fibrillation with a ventricular rate as high as 170, splenomegaly, and a right-sided abdominal mass.’
    • ‘Physical exam at the outlying hospital was remarkable for tachypnea and absent breath sounds in her left lung field.’


Late 19th century: from tachy- ‘swift’ + Greek pnoē ‘breathing’.