Wheeze vs Stridor - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between wheeze and stridor

is that wheeze is a piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration while stridor is a harsh, shrill, unpleasant noise.

As a verb wheeze

is to breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.

wheeze

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A piping or whistling sound caused by difficult respiration.
  • An ordinary whisper exaggerated so as to produce the hoarse sound known as the "stage whisper"; a forcible whisper with some admixture of tone.
  • (British, slang) An ulterior scheme or plan
  • * 2011 " Road rage; High petrol prices hurt, but will not throttle the economy", The Economist 19 November 2011:
  • The main point of fuel duty, though, is as a fiscal wheeze : it made up 5% of the tax take in 2010.
  • (slang) Something very humorous or laughable.
  • The new comedy is a wheeze .
    You think you're going to win? That's a real wheeze !

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Verb

  • To breathe hard, and with an audible piping or whistling sound, as persons affected with asthma.
  • * 2001 , (Fourth Estate, paperback edition, 443)
  • If the air smelled even faintly of dog, Lionel coughed, wheezed and sneezed.

    stridor

    English

    Noun

  • A harsh, shrill, unpleasant noise.
  • 1891' ''But when the tilted plank let slide its freight into the sea, a second strange human murmur was heard, blended now with another inarticulate sound proceeding from certain larger sea-fowl, whose attention having been attracted by the peculiar commotion in the water resulting from the heavy sloped dive of the shotted hammock into the sea, flew screaming to the spot. So near the hull did they come, that the '''stridor or bony creak of their gaunt double-jointed pinions was audible.'' Herman Melville, ''Billy Budd , Chapter 28.
  • (medicine) A high-pitched sound heard on inspiration resulting from turbulent air flow in the upper airway usually indicative of serious airway obstruction.