croup

1
[ kroop ]
/ krup /

noun Pathology.

any condition of the larynx or trachea characterized by a hoarse cough and difficult breathing.

Origin of croup

1
1755–65; noun use of croup to cry hoarsely (now dial.), blend of croak and whoop

Definition for croup (2 of 2)

croup

2
[ kroop ]
/ krup /

noun

the highest part of the rump of a quadruped, especially a horse.

Origin of croup

2
1250–1300; Middle English croupe < Middle French, Anglo-French crupe, Old French crope < Germanic; see crop
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British Dictionary definitions for croup (1 of 2)

croup

1
/ (kruːp) /

noun

a throat condition, occurring usually in children, characterized by a hoarse cough and laboured breathing, resulting from inflammation and partial obstruction of the larynx

Derived Forms

croupous or croupy, adjective

Word Origin for croup

C16 croup to cry hoarsely, probably of imitative origin

British Dictionary definitions for croup (2 of 2)

croup

2

croupe

/ (kruːp) /

noun

the hindquarters of a quadruped, esp a horse

Word Origin for croup

C13: from Old French croupe; related to German Kruppe
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Medicine definitions for croup

croup

[ krōōp ]

n.

laryngotracheobronchitis
A pathological condition of the larynx, especially in infants and children, characterized by respiratory difficulty and a hoarse, brassy cough.

Related forms

croupous (krōōpəs) null adj.
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Science definitions for croup

croup

[ krōōp ]

An acute infection that affects the upper and lower respiratory tracts, especially the larynx, trachea, and bronchi, and is caused most commonly by viruses of the genus Paramyxovirus. It is characterized by labored breathing and obstruction below the glottis, accompanied by a barking cough.
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