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

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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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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.
When the buck disappeared from sight, Neal hung his bow up, said a quick prayer that somehow the buck would return and grunted a couple more times.
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.
The bull stopped within 18 yards of Lew and Chris, licked his nose, grunted softly, and looked for the bull he had heard.
He ran in with his head low and his ears back looking for the buck that had grunted. He came from directly downwind, and when he got to 15 yards, I stood up, drew my bow and he stopped.
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. He stopped and I successfully arrowed the 13-point buck.
"But then, as they turned at an intersection to go down another trail, I imagined myself as an angry buck and grunted with my Jones Grunt Call.
As soon as he stepped into my shooting lane I grunted and he stopped in his tracks.