mouth-breathing


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mouth-breathing

(used before a noun) Dimwitted, foolish, or stupid; of low or stunted intelligence. Maybe you wouldn't have failed the exam if you weren't such a mouth-breathing nincompoop! That mouth-breathing idiot Terry parked his car in my space again. That's the third time this month!
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Evaluation of atopy among mouth-breathing pediatric patients referred for treatment to a tertiary care center.
Mouth-breathing children get a low quality of sleep, which affects their mood, ability to focus, and behavior at school.
Typical features of mouth-breathing individuals are a narrow and deep upper jaw that is constricted in the transverse direction, resulting in increased resistance to airflow through the nasal passages.
There are those mouth-breathing knuckledragging National Rifle Association members who trot out that old "Guns don't kill people, people do" line, a soundbite get-out clause for the sort of paranoid, delusional, intellectually-challenged redneck who thinks that by hoarding guns and ammunition, he is somehow being more American than a fellow American who doesn't fantasise about killing anyone.
(1) Rhinorrhoea, mouth-breathing, hyponasal speech and cough can also be observed in patients with AH.
Other causes include Sjogren's syndrome and certain other autoimmune diseases, diabetes, mouth-breathing, excessive alcohol intake, nutritional deficiencies, and radiation therapy.
On the other hand, a few have disagreed that mouth-breathing can affect the form of the jaw or create a malocclusion.10,11 Warren et al stressed that an individual's breathing pattern results from environmental and genetic causes.12 With regard to nasal resistance other authors have stated that the adenoids have no direct cause-and-effect relationship with creation of malocclusion or mouth-breathing habit.13-14
Participating mothers reported on their children's sleep duration and on the presence and severity of sleep-disordered breathing, which was defined as snoring, observed episodes of apnea, and mouth-breathing during sleep.
Children considered "worst case" scored highest for SDB symptoms of snoring, sleep apnea or mouth-breathing. Children whose SDB peaked later, around 5 to 6 years old, fared better but still had a 60 to 80 percent increased risk of becoming obese.
The website RedState called Stevens' book "a polemic for the mouth-breathing left." Kurt Nimmo, on the website Infowars, said the proposal would lead to government confiscation of citizens' guns and "those refusing to obey the government would be hunted down and executed." And Dave Dalton, founder of Gun Owners of America, said his group would fight any such change "to the death."
Mouth breathing, of long-standing duration, may persist for a year or more after the airway is restored and represents a "learned habit." Nevertheless, within a year or so after re-establishment of normal oropharyngeal function, and normal nasal airway, the chronic mouth-breathing habit does revert to nasal breathing.
The new study analysed the combined effects of snoring, apnea and mouth-breathing patterns on the behaviour of children enrolled in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a project based in the United Kingdom.
Furthermore, these enlargements may lead to chronic mouth-breathing [Pelton and Leibovitz, 2009; Wiertsema and Leach, 2009].