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Difficulty in breathing, often associated with lung or heart disease and resulting in shortness of breath. Also called air hunger.

[Latin dyspnoea, from Greek duspnoia : dus-, dys- + pnoiā, -pnoia, breathing; see pneu- in Indo-European roots.]

dysp·ne′ic (-nē′ĭk) adj.


(dɪspˈni ə)

difficult or labored breathing.
[1675–85; dys- + -pnea]
dysp•ne′al, dysp•ne′ic, adj.

dyspnea, dyspnoea

a condition of painful or difficult breathing. — dyspneic, dyspnoeic, adj.
See also: Disease and Illness
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dyspnea - difficult or labored respiration
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
orthopnea - form of dyspnea in which the person can breathe comfortably only when standing or sitting erect; associated with asthma and emphysema and angina pectoris
breathlessness, shortness of breath, SOB - a dyspneic condition


n. disnea, dificultad en la respiración;
exertional ______ por esfuerzo.
References in periodicals archive ?
1) According to the American Thoracic Society, dyspnea may be measured according to 3 domains (2):
Anxiety and fear related to pneumonia can exacerbate patients' experience of dyspnea and inhibit lung expansion, increase the risk of pulmonary complications, and lengthen recovery time (Williams et al.
The improvement in Dyspnea (Borg and Visual Analogue scale) and exercise tolerance (6-minute walk test) and MMRC grading were assessed 8 weeks later and the results of two groups were compared.
The six-minute walk test, the modified Medical Research Council Dyspnea Scale, body plethysmographs, carbon monoxide diffusion tests, and arterial blood gas analysis were practiced.
PARTICIPATION IN AT LEAST 20 days of pulmonary rehabilitation by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) resulted in statistically significant improvements in quality of life, perception of health status, functional capacity, dyspnea, and depression, in a retrospective analysis.
All patients were stratified according to the degree of dyspnea on admission, and interventions were given accordingly.
Ordinary physical activity does not cause undue fatigue, palpitation (feeling heart beats), or dyspnea (shortness of breath).
1) The important causes of dyspnea in pregnant women with left atrial myxomas include functional mitral stenosis, functional mitral regurgitation, peripheral thromboembolism from peripheral veins, and paradoxical embolism from a large foramen ovale.
Objective: To assess the effectiveness of Percutaneous Mitral valve Commissurotomy on mitral valve area, pulmonary hypertension and NYHA dyspnea class in patients with mitral stenosis.
For patients with COPD, dyspnea is a key complaint that is causally interrelated with impaired exercise capacity by creating a major barrier to the patient's ability to live an active life.
In a third analysis the improvement of dyspnea (or shortness of breath), as measured by the Transition Dyspnea Index (TDI), was shown in COPD patients, compared to tiotropium, olodaterol and placebo.
The study population consisted of both males and females, with ages between 26 and 54, with stages 2, 3 and 4 of this pathology which affected the respiratory system and presented exertional dyspnea, and various occupations.