(redirected from grunted)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


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


(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.


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 periodicals archive ?
If you look back to how I spoke with that buck, notice that I grunted when the buck didn't have a clear line of sight to me.
I set up to shoot slightly ahead of Doug, and as the bull got closer, Doug grunted softly and lightly raked a willow.
When I grunted with my call, he laid his ears straight back against his neck, but he didn't stop or look my way.
Then, after what felt like a half hour, I grunted a few times.
The bull stopped within 18 yards of Lew and Chris, licked his nose, grunted softly, and looked for the bull he had heard.
He started running to my left up a small hill, and when he got about 30 yards away I grunted at him again.
Had I not grunted, the buck probably would not be hanging on my living room wall today.
The buck stepped into a clearing at 20 yards and I grunted.