Definition of Heaves

1. Noun. A chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks.

Exact synonyms: Broken Wind
Generic synonyms: Animal Disease

Definition of Heaves

1. n. A disease of horses, characterized by difficult breathing, with heaving of the flank, wheezing, flatulency, and a peculiar cough; broken wind.

Definition of Heaves

1. Noun. (plural of heave) ¹

2. Noun. (colloquial) A period of retching. ¹

3. Noun. A disease of horses characterized by coughing and difficult breathing. ¹

4. Verb. (third-person singular of heave) ¹

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Definition of Heaves

1. heave [v] - See also: heave

Medical Definition of Heaves

1. A disease of horses, characterised by difficult breathing, with heaving of the flank, wheezing, flatulency, and a peculiar cough; broken wind. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Heaves

heavenly bodies
heavenly body
heavens above
heaves (current term)
heavier-than-air craft
heavily traveled
heaving line bend
heaving line bends

Literary usage of Heaves

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Diseases of Animals: A Book of Brief and Popular Advice on the Care and by Nelson Slater Mayo (1920)
"heaves is usually the result of improper food or feeding, ... In most cases of heaves there is a deep, moist, grunting cough, most frequent when the food or ..."

2. The Modern Horse Doctor: Containing Practical Observations on the Causes by George H. Dadd (1854)
"Chronic heaves is that condition of a horse which veterinarians designate as broken wind. In cases of this character, the act of inspiration is followed by ..."

3. Theory and Practice of Veterinary Medicine by Austin H. Baker, Alexander Eger (1911)
"heaves OR PULMONARY EMPHYSEMA. This disease is known among horsemen as ... It is not difficult to say wherein heredity produces heaves— so much so that in ..."

4. American Agriculturist (1846)
"Remedy for the heaves. ... or heaves in horses:— Arracacha.—Mr. Meigs read an interesting paper on the arracacha, an umbelliferous plant, found wild in the ..."

5. The Spectator by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1753)
"... Shade: With many a weary Step, and many a Grone, Up the high Hill he heaves a huge round Stone: The huge round Stone, ..."

6. The New System of Educating Horses Including Instructions on Feeding by Dennis Magner (1872)
"I could include a great many pretended "sure cures " for heaves. ... If the horse shows heaves after a severe cold or inflammation of the lungs, ..."

7. The Humanity, Benevolence and Charity Legislation of the Pentateuch and the by Maurice Fluegel (1908)
"Maimonides, Yad Zeraim ON : heaves AND OBLATES (H. Teruma). The priestly heaves and the Levitical Tithes are levied only in the Holy Land, according to the ..."

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