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left: inflamed bronchial tube with contracted muscles and mucus discharge
right: normal bronchial tube
A chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs characterized by a narrowing of the airways and attacks of wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath that are induced by triggers such as allergens, exercise, infections, and stress.
[Middle English asma, from Medieval Latin, from Greek asthma.]
asth·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj. & n.
adv → asthmatisch