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  1. Pathology. acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nasal cavities; cold in the head.
  2. Veterinary Pathology. a contagious disease of birds, especially poultry, characterized by the secretion of a thick mucus in the mouth and throat.
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Origin of coryza

1625–35; < Late Latin < Greek kóryza catarrh
Related formsco·ry·zal, adjective
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Related Words for coryza

cold, catarrh, coryza

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Historical Examples of coryza

  • La grippe is a bronchitis or coryza with some fever and muscle-soreness.

    The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation

    Austin O'Malley

  • Coryza frequently commences at or about the time of the pharyngitis.

  • One of these, allowed to melt gradually in the mouth, is said to alleviate the obstruction in the nose, in coryza.

  • A thin, watery discharge may be composed of serum, and it occurs in the earlier stages of coryza, or nasal catarrh.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse

    United States Department of Agriculture

  • Coryza, or nasal catarrh,—commonly called a cold in the head,—is not very common among cows.

British Dictionary definitions for coryza


  1. acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose, with discharge of mucus; a head cold
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Word Origin for coryza

C17: from Late Latin: catarrh, from Greek koruza
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Word Origin and History for coryza


1630s, from medical Latin, from Greek koryza "running at the nose."

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coryza in Medicine


  1. cold
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