postnasal drip

noun
post·na·sal drip | \ ˈpōst-ˌnā-zəl- \

Definition of postnasal drip 

: flow of mucous secretion from the posterior part of the nasal cavity onto the wall of the pharynx occurring usually as a chronic accompaniment of an allergic state

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Instead, the real culprits are invisible, microscopic bacteria that hang out around your tongue and gums, feasting on tiny bits of food, postnasal drip and even oral tissues. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breath," 13 Feb. 2017

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circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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postnasal drip

noun

Medical Definition of postnasal drip 

: flow of mucous secretion from the posterior part of the nasal cavity onto the wall of the pharynx occurring usually as a chronic accompaniment of an allergic state or a viral infection

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