Definition of Common cold

1. Noun. A mild viral infection involving the nose and respiratory passages (but not the lungs). "Will they never find a cure for the common cold?"

Exact synonyms: Cold
Generic synonyms: Communicable Disease, Respiratory Disease, Respiratory Disorder, Respiratory Illness
Specialized synonyms: Head Cold
Terms within: Rhinorrhea

Definition of Common cold

1. Noun. (pathology) A very common, mild viral infection of the nose and throat, whose symptoms include sneezing, sniffling, a running or blocked nose, a sore throat, coughing and a headache. ¹

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Medical Definition of Common cold

1. A viral upper respiratory tract infection. A contagious illness caused by a number of different types of viruses. Because of the great number of viruses that can cause a cold, the body never builds up resistance (immune) against all of them. For this reason, colds are a frequent and recurring problem. In fact, preschool children average 9 colds a year; those in kindergarten, 12 colds a year; and adolescents and adults, 7 colds per year. Going out into the cold weather has no effect on the spread of a cold. Antibiotics do not help the common cold. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Common Cold

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common cardinal vein
common carline thistle
common carotid
common carotid artery
common carotid plexus
common carp
common carps
common carrier
common chickweed
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common chord
common clothes moth
common clothes moths
common cockscomb
common cold (current term)
common cold virus
common colds
common columbine
common comfrey
common coral tree
common corn salad
common coupling
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common crus of semicircular ducts
common daisy
common dandelion
common death adder
common denominator

Literary usage of Common cold

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

1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1896)
"THE TREATMENT OF A "common cold." DR. L. DUNCAN BULKLEY recommends the use of sodium bicarbonate in amounts of from twenty to thirty grains in two or three ..."

2. A Textbook of Bacteriology: A Practical Treatise for Students and by Hans Zinsser, Frederick Fuller Russell (1922)
"The condition is of great importance because of the great loss of economic efficiency which wholesale infection of a population with the common cold entails ..."

3. The ABCs of Safe & Healthy Child Care: A Handbook for Child Care Providers by Cynthia M. Hale, Jacqueline A. Polder (2000)
"The common cold in the Child Care Setting The common cold is caused by many different types of viruses. Usual symptoms can include sore throat, ..."

4. The Cause and cure of colds by William Samuel Sadler (1910)
"THE CAUSE AND CURE OF COLDS CHAPTER I WHAT IS A common cold? ... THE common cold AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE. BEFORE we attempt to discuss intelligently the ..."

5. Homoeopathic Domestic Medicine by Joseph Laurie (1848)
"CATARRH, OR common cold. This term is given to an affection which consists of a mild degree of inflammation of the lining membrane of the nostrils, ..."

6. Autumnal Catarrh (hay Fever) by Morrill Wyman (1876)
"Ordinary Catarrh — "common cold" From this it can be distinguished by the peculiar redness and itching ..."

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