Other Word Forms
Origin of catarrh
- Middle English catarre from Old French catarrhe from Late Latin catarrhus from Greek katarrous from katarrein to flow down kata- cata- rhein to flow sreu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Borrowed from Ancient Greek κατάρροος (katarrhoos), which is derived from καταρρέω (katarréō, “I flow down”), which is composed of κατά (katá, “down”) and ῥέω (rhéō, “I flow”).