hay fever

hay fever
noun Date: 1829 an acute allergic reaction to pollen that is usually seasonal and is marked by sneezing, nasal discharge and congestion, and itching and watering of the eyes — called also pollinosis

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Hay fever — Hay Hay, n. [OE. hei, AS. h[=e]g; akin to D. hooi, OHG. hewi, houwi, G. heu, Dan. & Sw. h[ o], Icel. hey, ha, Goth. hawi grass, fr. the root of E. hew. See {Hew} to cut.] Grass cut and cured for fodder. [1913 Webster] Make hay while the sun… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hay Fever — is a comic play written by Noel Coward in 1924 and first produced in 1925 with Marie Tempest as the first Judith Bliss. Best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in a British country house in the 1920s …   Wikipedia

  • hay fever — also hay fever, 1829, from HAY (Cf. hay) + FEVER (Cf. fever); earlier it was called summer catarrh …   Etymology dictionary

  • hay fever — hay .fever n [U] a medical condition, like a bad ↑cold that is caused by breathing in ↑pollen (=dust from plants) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hay fever — hay ,fever noun uncount a medical condition caused by POLLEN (=powder produced by flowers) that affects your nose and eyes as if you had a bad cold …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hay fever — ► NOUN ▪ an allergy caused by pollen or dust in which the mucous membranes of the eyes and nose are inflamed, causing sneezing and watery eyes …   English terms dictionary

  • hay fever — n. an acute inflammation of the eyes and upper respiratory tract, accompanied by sneezing: it is an allergic reaction, caused mainly by the pollen of some grasses and trees; pollinosis …   English World dictionary

  • Hay fever — DiseaseDisorder infobox Name = Hay fever Caption = Pollen grains from a variety of common plants can cause hay fever . DiseasesDB = 31140 ICD10 = ICD10|J|30|1|j|30 ICD9 = ICD9|477 OMIM = 607154 MedlinePlus = 000813 eMedicineSubj = ent… …   Wikipedia

  • hay fever — Pathol. a type of allergic rhinitis affecting the mucous membranes of the eyes and respiratory tract, affecting susceptible persons usually during the summer, caused by pollen of ragweed and certain other plants. [1820 30] * * * Seasonal sneezing …   Universalium

  • hay fever — noun a seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑pollinosis • Hypernyms: ↑allergic rhinitis * * * noun [singular] medical : a sickness that is like a cold and that is caused by breathing in plant pollen * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hay fever — Also allergic rhinitis. A seasonal allergy to airborne particles characterized by runny/itchy nose and eyes, sneezing, itchy throat, excess mucus, and nasal congestion. It is a misnomer because it is not caused by hay and it * * * hay fever hā… …   Medical dictionary

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