Catarrh
Catarrh Ca*tarrh", n. [L. catarrhus, Gr. ?, ?, a running down, rheum, fr. ?; kata` down + ? to flow. See {Stream}.] (Med.) An inflammatory affection of any mucous membrane, in which there are congestion, swelling, and an altertion in the quantity and quality of mucus secreted; as, catarrh of the stomach; catarrh of the bladder. [1913 Webster]

Note: In America, the term catarrh is applied especially to a chronic inflammation of, and hypersecretion fron, the membranes of the nose or air passages; in England, to an acute influenza, resulting a cold, and attended with cough, thirst, lassitude, and watery eyes; also, to the cold itself. [1913 Webster]


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  • catarrh — (n.) late 14c., from M.L. catarrus, from L.L. catarrhus, from Gk. katarrhous a catarrh, a head cold, lit. a flowing down, from kata down (see CATA (Cf. cata )) + rhein to flow (see RHEUM (Cf. rheum)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • catarrh — ► NOUN ▪ excessive discharge of mucus in the nose or throat. DERIVATIVES catarrhal adjective. ORIGIN Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhein flow down …   English terms dictionary

  • catarrh — [kə tär′] n. [ME catarre < Fr catarrhe < LL catarrhus < Gr katarrhoos < katarrhein, to flow down < kata , down + rhein, to flow: see STREAM] inflammation of a mucous membrane, esp. of the nose or throat, causing an increased flow… …   English World dictionary

  • Catarrh — This article is about a condition caused by inflamed mucous membranes. For the country, see Qatar. Catarrh Classification and external resources ICD 9 460 DiseasesDB …   Wikipedia

  • catarrh — [[t]kətɑ͟ː(r)[/t]] N UNCOUNT Catarrh is a medical condition in which a lot of mucus is produced in your nose and throat. You may get catarrh when you have a cold …   English dictionary

  • catarrh — ca|tarrh [kəˈta: US ˈta:r] n [U] BrE [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: catarrhe, from Greek katarrhein to flow down ] an uncomfortable condition in which your body produces a thick liquid that blocks your nose and throat ▪ After a cold, many… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catarrh — [16] Etymologically, catarrh is ‘something that flows down’. It comes via French catarrhe and late Latin catarrhus from Greek katárrhous, a derivative of the verb katarrhein, a compound formed from the prefix katá ‘down’ (as in cataract) and the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • catarrh — [16] Etymologically, catarrh is ‘something that flows down’. It comes via French catarrhe and late Latin catarrhus from Greek katárrhous, a derivative of the verb katarrhein, a compound formed from the prefix katá ‘down’ (as in cataract) and the… …   Word origins

  • catarrh — noun Etymology: Middle English catarre, from Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French catarrhe, from Late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein to flow down, from kata + rhein to flow more at stream Date: 15th century… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • catarrh — catarrhal, catarrhous, adj. catarrhally, adv. /keuh tahr /, n. Pathol. inflammation of a mucous membrane, esp. of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions. [1350 1400; ME < LL catarrhus < Gk katárrous lit., down flowing, equiv.… …   Universalium

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