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asthma (n.)

"respiratory disorder characterized by paroxysms of labored breathing and a feeling of contraction in the chest," late 14c., asma, asma, from Latin asthma, from Greek asthma "shortness of breath, a panting," from azein "breathe hard," probably related to anemos "wind," from PIE root *ane- "to breathe" (see animus). The -th- was restored in English 16c.

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Definitions of asthma from WordNet

asthma (n.)
respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin;
Synonyms: asthma attack / bronchial asthma
From wordnet.princeton.edu