spasmodic asthma

spas·mod·ic asth·ma

asthma due to spasm of the bronchioles.

spasmodic asthma

[spazmäd′ik]
Etymology: Gk, spasmos + asthma, panting
an airway obstruction caused by spasms of the bronchioles and inflammation of the bronchial mucosa and characterized by paroxysms of wheezing and coughing.
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A brief trawl through the Lancet, Britain's leading medical journal, from the 1820s to the 1860s, reveals entries for diverse "spasmodic diseases" including short articles on spasmodic asthma, spasms located in various parts of the body (head, neck, joints), and spasms as symptoms of epilepsy, insanity, and hysteria.