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[az-mat-ik, as-] /æzˈmæt ɪk, æs-/
adjective, Also, asthmatical
suffering from asthma.
pertaining to asthma:
an asthmatic wheeze.
a person suffering from asthma.
Origin of asthmatic
1535-45; < Latin asthmaticus < Greek asthmatikós, equivalent to asthmat- (stem of ásthma) asthma + -ikos -ic
Related forms
asthmatically, adverb
antiasthmatic, adjective, noun
nonasthmatic, adjective, noun
nonasthmatically, adverb
postasthmatic, adjective
unasthmatic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for asthmatic
  • Green groups have put asthmatic children on television to complain about how difficult it is to play outdoors these days.
  • And an asthmatic detective scrambles to keep a pair of cities from detonating.
  • No more nasty cough, no more asthmatic wheeze and my doc couldn't be happier with my ekg.
  • Click the icon to see an image of a normal versus asthmatic bronchiole.
  • It had been considering the rule to protect asthmatic people.
  • Pack your children's prescription medications, including emergency medications such as epinephrine shots for asthmatic children.
  • Compounding the problem, he is asthmatic and was on antibiotics.
  • IgE is an antibody involved in allergic and asthmatic reactions.
British Dictionary definitions for asthmatic


of, relating to, or having asthma
a person who has asthma
Derived Forms
asthmatically, adverb
Usage note
Rather than talking about an asthmatic or asthmatics, it is better to talk about a person with asthma, people with asthma
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Word Origin and History for asthmatic

1540s, from Latin asthmaticus, from Greek asthmatikos, from asthma (see asthma). Noun meaning "person with asthma" is recorded from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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