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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dyspneic - not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty; "breathless at thought of what I had done"; "breathless from running"; "followed the match with breathless interest"
unventilated - not ventilated; "stuffy unventilated rooms"


a. disneico-a, rel. a o que padece de disnea.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Medical Research Council (MRC) Dyspnea Scale was used for assessing the dyspneic extent of airway stenosis patient (Grade 1, breathlessness upon strenuous exercise; Grade 2, hurrying on the elevation or a slight hill; Grade 3, walking slower than individuals of the same age because of breathlessness or having to stop for breath even while walking at own pace; Grade 4, having to stop after walking <100 m or after a few minutes; and Grade 5, breathlessness prevents leaving the house or while dressing).
He was very dyspneic and had a room air oxygen saturation of 75%.
31,32) When used in conjunction with other clinical information, measurement of NPs in an acute setting improves the care of acutely dyspneic patients and reduces time to discharge as well as total cost of treatment.
Distribution of clinical characteristics of the sample Clinical characteristics of the sample n % Diagnosis Neuroloy 8 32 Orthopaedics 4 16 Gastroenterology 4 16 Urology 2 8 Hepatology 1 4 Multiple diagnosis 6 24 Level of conscience Normal 5 20 Disordered 19 76 Not mentioned 1 4 Breathing clinical picture Eupneic 13 52 Tachypneic 2 8 Dyspneic 6 24 Not mentioned 4 16 Feeding situation VO 0 0 VO UDC 13 52 Zero diet 10 40 Not mentioned 2 8 Caption: VO = Via oral feeding route; VO UDC = Via oral feeding route under doctor's criteria.
Further, NT-proBNP's diagnostic value for HF was established in a pool of 600 dyspneic patients presenting in the emergency department (38).
Over the past five days he had become acutely more dyspneic.
He continued to be dyspneic and required continuous oxygen supplementation to maintain normal saturation.
At presentation, the duck was open-mouth breathing and dyspneic, extending its neck and gaping.
Over the next 5 days, she was dyspneic but had a clinically stable condition.
She became increasingly confused and dyspneic and positive pressure ventilation was started.
Pouchot, "A gray zone assigned to inconclusive results of quantitative diagnostic tests: Application to the use of brain natriuretic peptide for diagnosis of heart failure in acute dyspneic patients", Clin Chem, 2006, vol.
Over the next few hours, the patient became increasingly dyspneic and hypoxic.