catarrh


catarrh

noun

  1. Pathology. inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.

noun

  1. inflammation of a mucous membrane with increased production of mucus, esp affecting the nose and throat in the common cold
  2. the mucus so formed
n.

late 14c., from Medieval Latin catarrus, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous “a catarrh, a head cold,” literally “a flowing down,” earlier kata rrhoos, ultimately from kata- “down” (see cata-) + rhein “to flow” (see rheum). Related: Catarrhalcatarrhous.

n.

  1. Inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.

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