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hay fever

noun, Pathology.
a type of allergic rhinitis affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract, affecting susceptible persons usually during the summer, caused by pollen of ragweed and certain other plants.
Origin of hay fever
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The menus for colds, catarrh, hay fever, and asthma may be used for influenza.

  • Three proofs of His humor: democracy, hay fever, any fat woman.

    A Book of Burlesques H. L. Mencken
  • Then he produced a handkerchief and yielded, apparently, to a violent attack of hay fever.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • Aside from Ma's hay fever she is one of the healthiest women in this town.

    Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa George W. Peck
  • This would be a good place for people with hay fever then, wouldn't it?

    The Venus Trap Evelyn E. Smith
  • She is a martyr to hay fever, and has to fly from London to the sea early in May to escape.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • The hay fever is his chief objection against living here, but he thinks it worth while.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • At this moment she was recovering from an attack of hay fever and asthma.

    The Phantom Violin Roy J. Snell
  • hay fever "has a pathology" if urticaria has a pathology, for urticaria, too, subsides and leaves no traces.

    The Treatment of Hay Fever George Frederick Laidlaw
British Dictionary definitions for hay fever

hay fever

an allergic reaction to pollen, dust, etc, characterized by sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes due to inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose Technical names allergic rhinitis, pollinosis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for hay fever

also hay-fever, 1829, from hay + fever; earlier it was called summer catarrh.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hay fever in Medicine

hay fever n.
An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, usually characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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hay fever in Science
hay fever
An seasonal allergic condition characterized by a sensitivity to airborne pollen, resulting in nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It occurs especially during late spring, late summer, and early fall and can be caused by the pollens of various plants, especially ragweed and certain trees and grasses.
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