Definition of Catarrh

1. Noun. Inflammation of the nose and throat with increased production of mucus.

Generic synonyms: Inflammation, Redness, Rubor
Derivative terms: Catarrhal

Definition of Catarrh

1. n. 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.

Definition of Catarrh

1. Noun. (pathology) inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. ¹

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Definition of Catarrh

1. inflammation of a mucous membrane [n -S]

Medical Definition of Catarrh

1. Inflammation of a mucous membrane, with a free discharge (Hippocrates), especially such inflammation of the air passages of the head and throat. Origin: L. Catarrhus, Gr. Katarrhein = to flow down (16 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Catarrh

cataracta brunescens
cataracta cerulea
cataracta electrica
cataracta nigra
cataracta ossea
catarrh (current term)
catarrhal asthma
catarrhal fever
catarrhal gastritis
catarrhal inflammation
catarrhal jaundice
catarrhal ophthalmia

Literary usage of Catarrh

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Surgical Diseases of the Ear / by Prof. Von Tröltsch. The Mechanism of by Anton Friedrich von Tröltsch, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, James Hinton (1874)
"SIMPLE OR MUCOUS AURAL catarrh. 38. The diseases of the middle ear consist ... Simple acute catarrh of the ear is characterised by the rapid appearance of ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1912)
"It is not known how widespread this catarrh is in the bile-passages, ... It would, of course, be possible to have a catarrh of the finer ducts within the ..."

3. The Diseases of infancy and childhood: For the Use of Students and by Luther Emmett Holt (1907)
"ALTHOUGH the symptoms of acute nasal catarrh are chiefly nasal, the principal seat ... Certain children are predisposed to attacks of acute nasal catarrh. ..."

4. Special pathology and therapeutics of the diseases of domestic animals v. 2 by Ferenc Hutyra (1913)
"Bronchial catarrh consists in an inflammation extending to a variable extent ... catarrh of the larger bronchi is usually associated with catarrh of the ..."

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