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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: disp-ne'a

Definition: Shortness of breath, a subjective difficulty or distress in breathing, usually associated with disease of the heart or lungs; occurs normally during intense physical exertion or at high altitude.

[G. dyspnoia, fr. dys-, bad, + pnoe, breathing]

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