any condition of the larynx or trachea characterized by a hoarse cough and difficult breathing.
Other definitions for croup (2 of 2)
the highest part of the rump of a quadruped, especially a horse.
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How to use croup in a sentence
His stay overlapped with a mumps patient named Ismael Acosta and a little girl, almost 2, who had croup.Epidemics have happened before and they’ll happen again. What will we remember? | Aimee Cunningham | October 27, 2021 | Science News
I took in the situation almost at a glance—membranous croup!A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
I have never examined the throat of a child dead from so-called membranous croup in which I did not find the diphtheria bacillus.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
And one night when Pat was suddenly assailed by croup Peter almost worried himself sick.The Boy Grew Older | Heywood Broun
He was took with the croup yesterday morning, and he just went off in the evening.Littlebourne Lock | F. Bayford Harrison
A teaspoonful of it is said to be one of the very best emetics in croup.
British Dictionary definitions for croup (1 of 2)
a throat condition, occurring usually in children, characterized by a hoarse cough and laboured breathing, resulting from inflammation and partial obstruction of the larynx
- croupous or croupy, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for croup (2 of 2)
the hindquarters of a quadruped, esp a horse
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Scientific definitions for croup
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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