catarrh

noun

ca·​tarrh kə-ˈtär How to pronounce catarrh (audio)
: inflammation of a mucous membrane
especially : one chronically affecting the human nose and air passages
catarrhal adjective
catarrhally adverb

Word History

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of catarrh was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Catarrh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catarrh. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

catarrh

noun
ca·​tarrh kə-ˈtär How to pronounce catarrh (audio)
: inflammation of a mucous membrane
especially : inflammation of the human nose and air passages that lasts a long time
catarrhal adjective

Medical Definition

catarrh

noun
ca·​tarrh kə-ˈtär How to pronounce catarrh (audio)
: inflammation of a mucous membrane in humans or animals
especially : one chronically affecting the human nose and air passages
catarrhal adjective
catarrhally adverb

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