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Origin of common cold

First recorded in 1780–90
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British Dictionary definitions for common cold

common cold

noun

a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterized by sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc
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Medical definitions for common cold

common cold

n.

cold
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Scientific definitions for common cold

common cold
[ kŏmən ]

A respiratory infection caused by any of several viruses, such as adenovirus or rhinovirus, in which the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and throat become inflamed. Common-cold symptoms include fever, nasal discharge, sneezing, and coughing.
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