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Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Definitions for catarrh

  1. Inflammation of a mucous membrane, especially of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions.

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Citations for catarrh
An ugly catarrh, you see, is not like a pretty baby, though you do perhaps feed both with gruel; you nurse one in order to destroy it, and the other in order to keep it safe and sound. Charles Dickens, Household words, Volume 8
Maggie had taken to her bed with a minor bout of catarrh that rumbled with fluid in her lungs. Sheila Seclearr, A Tree on Turtle Island
Origin of catarrh
1350-1400
Catarrh enters English in the 1300s, derived from the Greek katárrous, "down-flowing."
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