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stridor

[strahy-der] /ˈstraɪ dər/
noun
1.
a harsh, grating, or creaking sound.
2.
Pathology. a harsh respiratory sound due to any of various forms of obstruction of the breathing passages.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin strīdor, equivalent to strīd(ēre) (see strident) + -or -or1
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Examples from the web for stridor
  • He had been admitted to the hospital because of increasing stridor, a high-pitched sound made during inhalation.
  • Conditions other than croup can cause that rasping-stridor-but those diseases are far more serious.
British Dictionary definitions for stridor

stridor

/ˈstraɪdɔː/
noun
1.
(pathol) a high-pitched whistling sound made during respiration, caused by obstruction of the air passages
2.
(mainly literary) a harsh or shrill sound
Word Origin
C17: from Latin; see strident
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Word Origin and History for stridor
n.

1630s, from Latin stridor, from stridere (see strident).

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stridor in Medicine

stridor stri·dor (strī'dər, -dôr')
n.
A high-pitched noisy sound occurring during inhalation or exhalation, a sign of respiratory obstruction.

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