Definition of stridor in English:



  • 1A harsh or grating sound.

    ‘the engines' stridor increased’
    1. 1.1Medicine A harsh vibrating noise when breathing, caused by obstruction of the windpipe or larynx.
      • ‘The patient initially presented at age 13 months to the paediatric department at another hospital with fever, drooling, toxicity and stridor.’
      • ‘Later, the child appears acutely ill with fever, upper airway compromise, stridor, drooling and respiratory distress.’
      • ‘In the emergency room she had labored breathing and stridor.’
      • ‘On examination he was feverish and had stridor and tachycardia.’
      • ‘On physical examination, the patient had no stridor, respiratory distress, or cervical lymphadenopathy.’
      • ‘On examination, she was noted to be sitting upright and breathing without tachypnea, retractions or stridor.’
      • ‘This case highlights the importance of considering epiglottitis early in the differential diagnosis of a child presenting with upper respiratory distress or stridor.’
      clank, clanking, clink, clinking, chink, chinking, jangling, jingle, jingling, clash, clashing, clang, clanging, rattle, rattling, clangour
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Mid 17th century: from Latin, from stridere ‘to creak’.