croup

1
[ kroop ]
/ krup /

noun Pathology.

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

Nearby words

  1. crotonism,
  2. crotoxin,
  3. crottin,
  4. crottle,
  5. crouch,
  6. croup-associated virus,
  7. croupade,
  8. croupier,
  9. croupous membrane,
  10. croupy

Origin of croup

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

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

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 Formscroupous or croupy, adjective

Word Origin for croup

C16 croup to cry hoarsely, probably of imitative origin

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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Word Origin and History for croup

croup

n.

"coughing illness," 1765, from obsolete verb croup "to cry hoarsely, croak" (1510s), probably echoic. This was the local name of the disease in southeastern Scotland, given wide currency by Dr. Francis Home (1719-1813) of Edinburgh in his 1765 article on it. Related: Croupy.

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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 formscroupous (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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