Bradypnea (Greek from bradys, slow + pnoia, breath), British English spelling bradypnoea refers to an abnormally slow breathing rate. The rate at which bradypnea is diagnosed depends upon the age of the patient.

Age Ranges and Bradypnea

  • Age 0-1 year < 30 breaths per minute
  • Age 1-3 years < 25 breaths per minute
  • Age 3-12 years < 20 breaths per minute
  • Age 12 and older < 12 breaths per minute

See also


Stedman's Medical Dictionary, 28th Edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Julie K. Stegman.

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