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heaves,

chronic pulmonary emphysema in horses. Heaves is characterized by the disruption of normal lung tissue with resultant loss of the lung's elastic recoil. A forced expiratory effort is needed to empty the lungs of air. The cause is not known, but the disease is associated with prolonged feeding of poor-quality roughage and dusty feeds. These conditions may incite an allergic reaction in association with chronic bronchitis, thus leading to emphysema. Treatment consists of substituting dampened hay and grain or pelleted rations for the dusty feeds and administering anti-inflammatory drugs. Complete recovery is rare.

heaves

[hēvz]
(veterinary medicine)
Chronic emphysema in horses marked by labored breathing due to overdistension of the alveoli. Also known as broken wind.
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A man might just, as well have tried to heave up a two-foot water-main; and Kaa lay still, puffing with quiet amusement.
And all about is the mud, soft mud, that bubbles forth gases, and that heaves and sighs with internal agitations.
So she heaves a mighty strong sigh and says, 'Them new-fangled, self-cocking revolvers sure has played hell with my prospects.
See how his chest heaves, and his dear feathers all awry--the little knight who would not have his lady mishandled.
My form dilates, my eye glistens, my breast heaves, my heart swells, my bosom burns, when I call to mind her greatness and her glory.