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Definition of asthma noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

asthma

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈæsmə//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæzmə//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a medical condition of the chest that makes breathing difficult a severe asthma attack We have thousands of asthma cases a year. children who develop asthma Word Origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin asma, from Greek asthma, from azein ‘breathe hard’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: asthma