- a painful or sensitive condition of the throat exaggerated by swallowing or talking, usually caused by bacteria or viruses; laryngitis; pharyngitis; tonsillitis.
Origin of sore throat
First recorded in 1680–90
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Examples from the Web for sore throat
The efflorescence and sore-throat were often met with separately.A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II (of 2)
Upon this ensued headaches, sore-throat, general enfeeblement.New Grub Street
The pine-apple is useful in all ordinary cases of sore-throat.Food Remedies
Sore-throat is certainly a drain disease, and thus a vulnerability to diphtheria is probably engendered.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
A man must produce romance, or at least submit to it, when duly summoned, even though he should have a sore-throat or a headache.The Last Chronicle of Barset
- Any of various inflammations of the tonsils, pharynx, or larynx characterized by pain in swallowing.
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