sore throat

noun Pathology.
  1. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sore throat

Historical Examples of sore throat

  • The efflorescence and sore-throat were often met with separately.

  • Upon this ensued headaches, sore-throat, general enfeeblement.

    New Grub Street

    George Gissing

  • The pine-apple is useful in all ordinary cases of sore-throat.

    Food Remedies

    Florence Daniel

  • 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.

sore throat in Medicine

sore throat

  1. Any of various inflammations of the tonsils, pharynx, or larynx characterized by pain in swallowing.
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