catarrh

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Catarrh \Ca*tarrh"\, noun [L. catarrhus, Gr. ?, ?, a running down, rheum, fr. ?; kata' down + ? to flow. See {Stream}.] (Med.) An inflammatory affection of any mucous membrane, in which there are congestion, swelling, and an altertion in the quantity and quality of mucus secreted; as, catarrh of the stomach; catarrh of the bladder.

Note: In America, the term catarrh is applied especially to a chronic inflammation of, and hypersecretion fron, the membranes of the nose or air passages; in England, to an acute influenza, resulting a cold, and attended with cough, thirst, lassitude, and watery eyes; also, to the cold itself.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

catarrh

noun

1: inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus


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