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the air taken in and expelled during ventilation.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The respired air.
2. An inspiration.
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Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. The act or process of breathing; respiration.
2. A single act of breathing.
3. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
4. The capacity to breathe, especially in a natural and unlabored manner.
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Ayurvedic medicine
Breath has a special significance in ayurvedic healthcare: its length, depth and timing are central to health in the ayurvedic construct of disease and healing.

The air taken in or expelled from the lungs.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. The respired air.
2. An inspiration.
3. A single cycle of inhalation followed by exhalation.
[A.S. braeth]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


1. The respired air.
2. An inspiration.
[A.S. braeth]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about breath

Q. Help her to breathe. My sixteen year old cousin (girl) who is wondering if she is suffering from asthma, anxiety or both. She is thin, healthy girl and have been very worried She have asthma and have been thinking about it constantly. When she exercise, she get more out of breath, more worn out, and her heart beats faster than other people. Sometimes her chest hurts, but people tell me that is from my chest muscles being worked. She get a little dizzy also. When she go to bed at night sometimes it seems hard to breathe. She can take a deep breath and everything but it seems hard or something. I know there isn't anything wrong with my heart because she had an EKG done recently and chest x-rays. That was fine. When it is hot humid and muggy outside she find it hard to breath. Do you think she have asthma. She don't have any coughing or any known wheezing. Could thinking about every breath she take seem like she have asthma? She really want to know and me too, what is going on! Please help her to breathe!!!!

A. PS--alcohol and cigarettes can cause this problem to(drugs)mrfoot56.

Q. What causes bad breath? I have bad breath for a long time. What causes it?

A. Here are some causes of bad breath:
A Dry mouth- Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. A dry mouth enables dead cells to accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. Dry mouth naturally occurs during sleep. It's what causes "morning breath." Dry mouth is even more of a problem if you sleep with your mouth open. Some medications as well as smoking can lead to a chronic dry mouth, as can a problem with your salivary glands.
Some Diseases can also cause bad breath- Chronic lung infections and lung abscesses can produce very foul-smelling breath. Other illnesses, such as some cancers and certain metabolic disorders, can cause a distinctive breath odor. Kidney failure can cause a urine-like odor, and liver failure may cause an odor described as "fishy." People with uncontrolled diabetes often have a fruity breath odor. Chronic reflux of stomach acids from your stomach (gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD)

Q. How to get rid of bad breath? My wife complains that I have bad breath. How can I get rid of it?

A. Consider that candida infection can make your breath worse. You might try cutting down on sugar and carbs.

"Bad breath can also be caused by a candida (yeast infection), you may have a constant white furry tongue. Look at cutting down your intake of sugars and processed foods, as well as those containing yeast. - Search for Anti-Candida diet on a search engine for more info"

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And yet, if this is the realm in which the text aims to find its footing, we are drawn back to the final pair of "unbreathable" and "breathtaking." It is repetitious, it is rhythmically unsatisfying, and it brings together the awkward and the cliched in an attempt to express a classical sublimity.
Imagine living in a dark-clouded future: Water thick with oil, the sky heavy with unbreathable smog--it isn't pretty.
Might it not, we ask ourselves, be possible--have we not, in fact, seen it occur--for a writer to hold Dos Passos's political opinions and yet not depict our middle-class republic as a place where no birds sing, no flowers bloom and where the very air is almost unbreathable? Such an extravagant animus toward the ordinary life of a decent society has its hidden springs, Wilson suggests, in some psychic darkness,
After participating involuntarily in the dance D'Arrast is shaken from his foundation: "The heat, the dust, the smoke of the cigars, the smell of bodies now made the air almost unbreathable. He looked for the cook, who had disappeared.
Also contributing to the sense of discomfort was the fact that the air was almost unbreathable, owing to the penetrating odor of glue and the resulting sense of asphyxiation.
These industries are the main polluters in the world, and they are a major reason why the water has become undrinkable and the air has become unbreathable. The Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill in Dryden Ontario is located approximately 200 kilometres upstream from Grassy Narrows First Nation on the English Wabigoon River system.
Unfortunately, although the clothes did indeed keep their pleats, the materials which they had to be made from were characteristically itchy and unbreathable ( making them unpleasant to wear.
Apart from the unbreathable air that such coal use would create, carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning in China alone would rival those of the entire world today.
There are clouds of smoke, the air is unbreathable. There's death everywhere."
The first sort of social boundary--such as that of Arab/Jew and white/non-white--appears to be nearly unbreathable. National and racial formation on each side of the divide result, in good part, from reactions to the group on the other side.
Personally, I've never been in much doubt that having a metal hook jammed into the gob prior to being hauled into an unbreathable atmosphere and hit on the head with a rock is bound to be a bit unpleasant but now it's official.