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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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15am: Marmite on toast is ready and the grunting moves downstairs to the sofa and flicks on CBBC.
Grunting doesn't need to be elaborate or have a certain sequence.
Johannesburg, Jan 25 ( ANI ): Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has slammed world number one Rafael Nadal's loud grunting and slow play after he was defeated at the hands of his aggressive opponent at the Australian Open semi-finals on Friday.
The event has (cue manly grunting noises) motorbikes (grunt grunt), cars (grunt), trucks (grunt grunt).
Following up to the letter 'What a racket - grunting tennis stars are a turn off' (July 5).
SABINE LISICKI accused opponent Bojana Jovanovski of grunting so loudly it handed her an advantage in their Wimbledon tussle.
I am sure they would have more energy left to hit the balls without all the shouting and grunting.
UMPIRES and spectators at Wimbledon are despairing at the level of grunting exhibited by boorish players, many of them female.
You can operate this call by either inhaling or exhaling, which allows you to grunt and bleat in quick succession to imitate a chase situation such as a buck grunting as he pursues a bleating doe.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova complained grunting was unfair after de Brito's controversial noise blitz in the 2009 French Open.
Will established players like Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva please stop grunting and moaning with every shot they play at the Wimbledon?
GRUNTERS SLAMMED THREE-TIME former Wimbledon champion Chris Evert has backed the move to eradicate grunting from tennis.