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grunting

Etymology: ME, grunten
abnormal, short, deep, hoarse sounds in exhalation that often accompany severe chest pain. The grunt occurs because the glottis briefly stops the flow of air, halting the movement of the lungs and their surrounding or supporting structures. Grunting is most often heard in a person who has pneumonia, pulmonary edema, or fractured or bruised ribs. Atelectasis in the newborn also causes grunting, which results from the effort required to fill the lungs.

grunting

Neonatology A deep-pitched gutteral rumble which may be heard by infants suffering from respiratory distress. See Respiratory distress syndrome.

grunting

a forced expiration against a closed glottis. It is characteristic of painful and labored breathing and of expiratory effort due to any cause, e.g. emphysema.

Patient discussion about grunting

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.

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I like the grunting or screeching or whatever you call it, as this is very much a part of my game now," the girl from Minsk shrugged.
26am: Grunting turns to gagging as she stuffs the toast into her mouth and promptly sicks it back out.
Evert stopped short of labelling grunting cheating But she is concerned it is becoming a tactic to win critical points.
But while she kept the lid on the grunting and groaning which has been the talk of tennis she insisted: "Nobody can tell me to stop grunting.
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Finally, around their first birthday - about the same time they are babbling and forming their first words - babies begin purposeful grunting.
I tried grunting, but the wind was so strong the buck couldn't hear me.
Although grunting is no guarantee of success, Field Editor Bill Winke has found it an extremely effective tactic for luring distant bucks into bow range.
New York, Aug 30( ANI ): Tennis players, mostly female, have often come under scrutiny for their lion-roar like grunting on court, but now an America based psychologist has claimed that shrieking during a match actually enhances a player's performance.
I know a lot of players have adopted it since the days of grunting guru Monica Seles as gamesmanship - a way of putting off your opponent - but it's really off-putting for fans.
He said: "When Sharapova stepped up her efforts so did the grunting.