One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Abnormally rapid breathing.
- ‘The patient was an obese white woman who was in mild respiratory distress with tachypnea of 22 breaths/min.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘On her second hospital day she developed fever, tachycardia and tachypnea, progressive respiratory distress, and hypotension.’
- ‘Physical exam at the outlying hospital was remarkable for tachypnea and absent breath sounds in her left lung field.’
- ‘On admission, the patient had tachypnea with a respiratory rate of 30 breaths/min.’
Late 19th century: from tachy- ‘swift’ + Greek pnoē ‘breathing’.
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