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grunt

(grŭnt)
During labored breathing, a characteristic sound created by rhythmic closure of the glottis; usually observed in newborns with respiratory distress syndrome.

grunt

(grŭnt) [ME. grunten]
An abnormal sound heard during labored exhalation that indicates a need for high chest pressures to keep the airways open. It is caused by closing of the glottis at the end of expiration.

Patient care

A grunting patient is laboring to breathe and may soon suffer respiratory failure without intervention to improve respiratory status.

grunt

quick, sharp sound created by a forced expiration against a closed glottis; elicited by sharp pain. See also grunting.

abdominal palpation g's, grunt expiratory
a grunt occurs with each expiration.
percussion grunt
grunt with each percussion over the sensitive area.
walking grunt
a grunt with each step while walking.

Patient discussion about grunt

Q. My baby is grunting and groaning while I breastfeed him. Is this normal? It only happens from time to time, but he makes these weird noises while nursing and I would like to know if it's standard behavior.

A. Does it sound like he is having trouble breathing while you breastfeed him? Does he make these sounds while crying also, or just while eating? All of these are things you should report to your pediatrician so you can be sure that the baby is not suffering from anything other than simple reflux while being breastfed.

More discussions about grunt
References in classic literature ?
The baby grunted again, and Alice looked very anxiously into its face to see what was the matter with it.
The elephant grunted out his satisfaction, and, clasping Passepartout around the waist with his trunk, lifted him as high as his head.
They were like pigs--head, hair, and all, and they grunted just as pigs do; but their senses were the same as before, and they remembered everything.
A white-haired German reached for a sandwich, and grunted between bites: "I know der breed.
The boar, however, had not quite hidden himself, for his ears stuck out of the bush; and when he shook one of them a little, the cat, seeing something move, and thinking it was a mouse, sprang upon it, and bit and scratched it, so that the boar jumped up and grunted, and ran away, roaring out, 'Look up in the tree, there sits the one who is to blame.
He looked like a pig; he ate like a pig; he grunted like a pig.
He grunted once or twice and shifted his weight from one foreleg to the other, at the same time moving his head from side to side and swaying the ferns.
Kama grunted with satisfaction, and the work of making camp was begun.
Jimmie grunted, and then began to stare out at the window.
On one occasion when the shepherd laid hold of him, he grunted and squeaked and resisted violently.
grunted the man as before; and once again Pollyanna laughed happily.
He grunted spasmodically, as if the breath had been knocked out of him.