common cold

noun

Definition of common cold

: an acute disease of the upper respiratory tract that is marked by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, eyes, and eustachian tubes and by a watery then purulent discharge and is caused by any of several viruses (such as a rhinovirus or an adenovirus)

Examples of common cold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a global investigation, the WHO found that about two-thirds of children tested positive for a common cold virus called adenovirus 41 -- which quickly became one of the leading theories. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 14 June 2022 Illness has always put a dent in productivity numbers – even before Covid there were robust studies done around the cost of the common cold. Steven Dudash, Forbes, 19 May 2022 In theory, this vaccine would protect against some, but not all, causes of the common cold. Alyssa Hui, Health.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Many adenoviruses are associated with common cold symptoms, such as fever, sore throat and pink eye. Mike Stobbe, Anchorage Daily News, 23 May 2022 And in the cases where doctors tested children for possible coinfections, all the children tested negative, except for one who tested positive for rhinovirus (common cold). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 While all four can cause fatigue, the common cold, the flu and COVID-19 will cause fatigue immediately compared to seasonal allergies, according to Accuweather. cleveland, 12 May 2022 If wearing a high quality mask in school isn’t fending off the common cold, is there any way a mask would actually fend off catching COVID from a child in the same classroom all day? Chronicle Advice Team, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2022 While some types are more likely to cause common cold symptoms or respiratory issues, adenovirus type 41 typically spreads via the fecal-oral route (which is a nice way of saying poop-to-mouth). Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of common cold

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Common cold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20cold. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for common cold

common cold

noun

Kids Definition of common cold

: a contagious illness which causes the lining of the nose and throat to be sore, swollen, and red and in which there is usually much mucus and coughing and sneezing

common cold

noun

Medical Definition of common cold

: an acute contagious disease of the upper respiratory tract that is marked by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, eyes, and eustachian tubes with a watery then purulent discharge and is caused by any of several viruses (as a rhinovirus or an adenovirus)

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