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"Asthma" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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A form of bronchial disorder with three distinct components: airway hyper-responsiveness (RESPIRATORY HYPERSENSITIVITY), airway INFLAMMATION, and intermittent AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION. It is characterized by spasmodic contraction of airway smooth muscle, WHEEZING, and dyspnea (DYSPNEA, PAROXYSMAL).

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This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Asthma" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Asthma" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 2584 publications over 38 distinct years, with a maximum of 154 publications in 2015
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