- 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 catarrhal
In decoction it is used as an eye-wash in catarrhal conjunctivitis.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
An excellent remedy for bronchitis, colds, and catarrhal coughs.
It usually follows a catarrhal "cold in the head" with a cough.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
It is stimulant, diaphoretic, and expectorant; is used in quinsy, and by the native doctors of Travancore in catarrhal affections.
Catarrhal laryngitis, or pseudo-croup, is a feverish disease.
- 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 catarrhal
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.
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