Medical Spanish Video
Terminology - How to say "wheeze" and "wheezing"

Doctora Orquídea discusses how to say "wheeze" and "wheezing" in Spanish.

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In this lesson, we will discuss how to say “wheezing” in Spanish.
This is an important term to use when talking to a patient about his or her specific condition, such as asthma.
A “wheeze” is “a whistling noise,” “un ruido sibilante.”
Or more simply, the noun, “silbido,” which means, “whistle,” can also be understood in context to mean “wheeze.”
The word, “wheezing,” as a noun, is “respiración sibilante,” which means “respiration that has a whistling characteristic.”
“To wheeze,” is “respirar con ruidos sibilantes,” which means, “to breathe with whistling noises.”
Someone who is wheezing may also have a tight sounding cough,
“una tos apretada.”
Of course, the more general phrase, “to breathe with difficulty” is simply, “respirar con dificultad.”
Let’s try this statement:
“Listen attentively to your son’s breathing.  Do you hear how it sounds like a whistle when he breathes out?”
“Escuche atentamente la respiración de su hijo.  ¿Oye cómo suena como un silbido cuando bota el aire?”
Now, let’s try this statement:
“Your son has asthma.  He will have to use his inhaler if he begins to cough or wheeze.”
“Su hijo tiene asma.  Tendrá que usar su inhalador si empieza a toser o respirar con ruidos sibilantes.”
Bueno, esto es todo por hoy.  Hasta la próxima!