Catarrh definition

kə-tär
Copious discharge of mucus associated with inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.
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Inflammation of a mucous membrane, esp. of the nose or throat, causing an increased flow of mucus.
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Copious discharge of mucus associated with inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat.
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(pathology) Inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
catarrh
Plural:
catarrhs

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”).

    From Wiktionary