common cold

noun
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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)

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First Known Use of common cold

1770


COMMON COLD Defined for Kids

common cold

noun

Definition of common cold for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

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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