- Pathology. inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.
Origin of catarrh
1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin catarrhus < Greek katárrous literally, down-flowing, equivalent to katarr(eîn) to flow down (kata- cata- + rheîn to flow) + -ous, variant of -eos (theme vowel + adj. suffix)
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Examples from the Web for catarrh
One said to the other "By the way how is that Catarrh of yours?"
Consumption, pneumonia, catarrh, deafness are some of their names.Girls and Women
Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
The causes of catarrh are many: the most common cause is a cold.Woman
William J. Robinson
The catarrh has left, while his stomach is simply doing nobly.
Never was a catarrh so sudden, so universal, or so ill-timed.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
- inflammation of a mucous membrane with increased production of mucus, esp affecting the nose and throat in the common cold
- the mucus so formed
C16: via French from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrous, from katarrhein to flow down, from kata- down + rhein to flow
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Word Origin and History for catarrh
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.
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