a type of allergic rhinitis affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract, affecting susceptible persons usually during the summer, caused by pollen of ragweed and certain other plants.
Origin of hay fever
First recorded in 1820–30
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I thought you said it was hay-fever, remarked Willard innocently.
Dr Aitkens definition of hay-fever seems to point to what is pretty generally accepted as its cause, viz.
He would take bronchitis in the dog-days, and have hay-fever at Christmas.
“You look just as though you had hay-fever, Nan,” Bess grumbled.
Aggie, who has a tendency to hay-fever, was sneezing in the dust.
British Dictionary definitions for hay fever
an allergic reaction to pollen, dust, etc, characterized by sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes due to inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eyes and noseTechnical names: allergic rhinitis, pollinosis
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Word Origin and History for hay fever
also hay-fever, 1829, from hay + fever; earlier it was called summer catarrh.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
An allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes, usually characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes and usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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An seasonal allergic condition characterized by a sensitivity to airborne pollen, resulting in nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. It occurs especially during late spring, late summer, and early fall and can be caused by the pollens of various plants, especially ragweed and certain trees and grasses.
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