- any condition of the larynx or trachea characterized by a hoarse cough and difficult breathing.
Origin of croup1
- the highest part of the rump of a quadruped, especially a horse.
Origin of croup2
Examples from the Web for croup
But his croup sloped down too much, and he had a short neck.Way of the Lawless
Should he not, his croup may be so turned, outward, that he cannot do his rider any mischief.The Young Lady's Equestrian Manual
When I got on the Northern Belle, a fine boat, one of my children was taken with croup.Old Rail Fence Corners
How does the height at the withers compare with the height at the croup?Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
She begged for the pine syrup, for her little Anthony was choking with croup.Some Three Hundred Years Ago
Edith Gilman Brewster
- a throat condition, occurring usually in children, characterized by a hoarse cough and laboured breathing, resulting from inflammation and partial obstruction of the larynx
- the hindquarters of a quadruped, esp a horse
Word Origin and History for croup
"coughing illness," 1765, from obsolete verb croup "to cry hoarsely, croak" (1510s), probably echoic. This was the local name of the disease in southeastern Scotland, given wide currency by Dr. Francis Home (1719-1813) of Edinburgh in his 1765 article on it. Related: Croupy.
- A pathological condition of the larynx, especially in infants and children, characterized by respiratory difficulty and a hoarse, brassy cough.
- An acute infection that affects the upper and lower respiratory tracts, especially the larynx, trachea, and bronchi, and is caused most commonly by viruses of the genus Paramyxovirus. It is characterized by labored breathing and obstruction below the glottis, accompanied by a barking cough.