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 Felipe was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a common cold. BostonGlobe.com, "DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids - The Boston Globe," 22 Dec. 2019 Felipe was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, N.M., where he was diagnosed with a common cold. Colleen Long, SFChronicle.com, "Review finds no misconduct in deaths of 2 migrant children," 21 Dec. 2019 Felipe was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a common cold. NBC News, "DHS watchdog finds no wrongdoing in deaths of 2 migrant kids," 21 Dec. 2019 Smith's wife, Elizabeth Sinclair, said a heart transplant would mean an entirely new lease on life for her husband, who will finally be able to run or suffer through a common cold without going to the emergency room. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Patients ages 4 to 38 bond while awaiting heart transplants at Riley Children's Hospital," 25 Dec. 2019 That kind of damage is consistent with acute bronchiolitis, a very common type of infection similar to the common cold — but testing showed that it was not caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Canadian Teen Gets 'Popcorn-Lung' Illness from Vaping," 21 Nov. 2019 In both of these situations—bronchitis and sinus infections—a virus like the common cold is the main culprit. Leah Groth, Health.com, "Lady Gaga Just Cancelled Her Las Vegas Show Because of Bronchitis and a Sinus Infection," 7 Nov. 2019 The root has long been used to help ease nausea; fend off the flu, the common cold, and inflammation; and aid in digestion, according to Healthline. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Is Ginger Ale the Best Drink to Order on a Flight? Find Out Why Some Say Yes," 6 Nov. 2019 That's right — the same virus that causes the common cold is also responsible for the most common form of pink eye. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "What Exactly Is Pink Eye, and How Do You Treat It?," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of common cold

1770, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2020

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“Common cold.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20cold. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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

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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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