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What is the difference between tachypnea and dyspnea?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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In brief: Fast vs short

Both terms relate to a pattern of breathing.
If you learn latin, you can figure out just about any medical term that exists. Tachy = fast. Pnea = lung or pulmonary or air. Dys = abnormal. Thus 'tachypnea' is rapid breathing. And 'dyspnea' is abnormal breathing (objectively noted by physician) or short of breath (subjectively noted by subject).

In brief: Fast vs short

Both terms relate to a pattern of breathing.
If you learn latin, you can figure out just about any medical term that exists. Tachy = fast. Pnea = lung or pulmonary or air. Dys = abnormal. Thus 'tachypnea' is rapid breathing. And 'dyspnea' is abnormal breathing (objectively noted by physician) or short of breath (subjectively noted by subject).
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