breathing

Definitions of breathing
  1. noun
    the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation
    synonyms: external respiration, respiration, ventilation
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    artificial respiration
    an emergency procedure whereby breathing is maintained artificially
    abdominal breathing
    breathing in which most of the respiratory effort is done by the abdominal muscles
    eupnea, eupnoea
    normal relaxed breathing
    hyperpnea
    energetic (deep and rapid) respiration that occurs normally after exercise or abnormally with fever or various disorders
    hypopnea
    slow or shallow breathing
    hyperventilation
    an increased depth and rate of breathing greater than demanded by the body needs; can cause dizziness and tingling of the fingers and toes and chest pain if continued
    heaving, panting
    breathing heavily (as after exertion)
    Cheyne-Stokes respiration, periodic breathing
    abnormal respiration in which periods of shallow and deep breathing alternate
    smoke, smoking
    the act of smoking tobacco or other substances
    snore, snoring, stertor
    the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound
    sniffle, snivel, snuffle
    the act of breathing heavily through the nose (as when the nose is congested)
    wheeze
    breathing with a husky or whistling sound
    second wind
    the return of relatively easy breathing after initial exhaustion during continuous exertion
    puffing
    blowing tobacco smoke out into the air
    type of:
    activity, bodily function, bodily process, body process
    an organic process that takes place in the body
  2. adjective
    passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination
    “the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs”
    “the heavy- breathing person on the telephone”
    synonyms: eupneic, eupnoeic
    sweet-breathed
    having breath or breath as specified
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    Antonyms:
    breathless, dyspneal, dyspneic, dyspnoeal, dyspnoeic
    not breathing or able to breathe except with difficulty
    asphyxiating
    tending to deprive of oxygen
    smothering, suffocating, suffocative
    causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat
    blown, pursy, short-winded, winded
    breathing laboriously or convulsively
    unventilated
    not ventilated
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