One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
- ‘Members suffer from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.’
- ‘In both generations the prevalence of asthma was higher in participants with hay fever.’
- ‘Our data may shed light on the role of diet in the allergy and asthma epidemic.’
- ‘Vaccinating children with asthma against influenza has never really caught on.’
- ‘Treatments aim to reduce the frequency, severity and length of asthma attacks.’
- ‘It has been noted that guide dogs working in towns breathe the same pollutants as humans yet do not have asthma.’
- ‘Both parents have asthma, and his mother is worried that he too might have asthma.’
- ‘If you have allergic asthma, you or other family members may well also suffer from eczema or hay fever.’
- ‘Beta blockers are not suitable for people with respiratory problems such as asthma.’
- ‘This means it is very bad for people with respiratory problems such as bronchitis and asthma.’
- ‘The causes of asthma are not fully known but it is partly an allergic condition.’
- ‘Atopic eczema is the most common type of eczema and is linked with hay fever and asthma.’
- ‘When a person has asthma, an attack can be started by a number of different things.’
- ‘The fungi can also worsen the symptoms of asthma and cause allergic sinusitis.’
- ‘This deserves investigation as a clue to early developmental influences on asthma.’
- ‘It also focuses on major health issues like heart disease, asthma and diabetes.’
- ‘People who breathe in the fine pollen may have an asthma or hay fever attack as a result.’
- ‘It is not suitable for people who have a history of stomach ulcers, or for some people with asthma.’
- ‘Children diagnosed as asthmatic were more likely to have a family history of asthma.’
- ‘Patients with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes were not regularly monitored.’
Late Middle English: from medieval Latin asma, from Greek asthma, from azein ‘breathe hard’.
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