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)

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Recent Examples on the Web The finding could provide a new line of inquiry into pre-existing COVID immunity, stemming from prior infection by a common cold-causing coronavirus. Philip Kiefer, Popular Science, "The surprising ways your immune system adapts to the flu virus you got as a kid," 23 Feb. 2021 Each year, influenza, rhinoviruses, and the endemic common cold-causing coronaviruses retreat as temperatures and humidity rise, only to come roaring back as summer turns to fall. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Covid Winter is Coming. Could Humidifiers Help?," 12 Nov. 2020 That coronavirus is now one of four that causes the common cold. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus variants will prolong the pandemic. But here’s how it will end," 23 Jan. 2021 Social distancing is common practice when people are sick with influenza, a stomach bug or the common cold. Andrew Canulette, NOLA.com, "Despite the polarizing disputes over COVID-19, there's no doubt it's the Story of the Year," 29 Dec. 2020 As with cancer or even the common cold, no one has solved all of Covid-19’s many mysteries. New York Times, "The Virus Is Devastating the U.S., and Leaving an Uneven Toll," 4 Dec. 2020 It’s been used to treat everything from burns and the common cold to HIV and AIDS. Jessica Prupas, National Geographic, "These Indigenous women are reshaping Canada’s tourism industry," 30 Nov. 2020 The Doctors Pandemic journals; a quarantine skin fast; COVID, T cells and the common cold; boosting immunity. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Great Performances’ Lea Salonga on PBS," 26 Nov. 2020 For others, such as the family of coronaviruses that includes SARS-CoV-2 and the common cold, the virus has a relatively high mutation rate that may protect novel strains from our antibodies. Jill Neimark, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Is the Best Strategy to Deploy a Covid-19 Vaccine?," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of common cold

1770, 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 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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