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Exercise 8

Breathing problems are common for certain types of lung and respiratory system malignancies. The terms which refer to various types of breathing difficulties are:

Term Word Elements Definition
angina pectoris
  • angi(o) — blood vessel
  • pector — relating to chest
a condition characterized by feelings of suffocation and/or spasms of pain in the chest
dyspnea
  • dys — bad, painful, difficult
  • pne(o) — to breath
  • a — condition of
difficult breathing, painful breathing
orthopnea
  • ortho — upright, straight
  • pne(o) — to breathe
  • a — condition of
inability to breathe except in an upright position

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