ASTHENIA ASTHMA


~ ASTHEN~   prefix to denote WEAKNESS from
            gr ASTHENOS = DEBILITY
               A          LACKING and
                STHENOS   STRENGTH
~ ASTHENIA  med>  WEAKNESS   TIRED      
            in sp ASTENIA
~ ASTHMA    id+ | BREATHING IS UNCONSCIOUS
                  ASTHMATIC RESPIRATION IS NOT|
  med> lat and gr ASTHMA = PANTING  sug> LABOR
       gr AZEIN = TO BREATHE HARD   sug> TOIL
  due to A CONSTRICTION OF BRONCHIAL MUSCLES 
         PARTICULARLY WHEN EXHALING 
  IT LEADS TO AN INCREASE OF "DEAD" or
  TRAPPED AIR WITHIN THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
  A CAUSE OF GREAT DISTRESS AND EVEN DEATH
  ASTHMA IS OFTEN DUE TO IMMUNE ALLERGIES AS WELL AS
  ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS
      

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