postnasal drip

noun
post·​na·​sal drip | \ ˈpōst-ˌnā-zəl- How to pronounce postnasal drip (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web And all that postnasal drip can cause a stink by ending up stuck on the back of your tongue, which is incredibly hard to reach with a toothbrush. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bad breath behind that coronavirus mask? 10 reasons -- and remedies -- for your halitosis," 5 May 2020 Coughing at night may be due to poorly controlled asthma, postnasal drip from allergies or acid reflux. Craig Canapari, New York Times, "How to Sleep Train Your Baby," 18 Apr. 2020 Optimize rest conditions: Use a bed wedge or extra pillows to keep your chest raised to avoid additional congestion and postnasal drip. Adam Popescu, New York Times, "How to Get More Sleep Tonight," 25 Mar. 2020 Dozens of conditions can cause a recurrent, lingering cough, but the lion’s share are caused by just five: postnasal drip, asthma, acid reflux, chronic bronchitis and treatment with ACE inhibitors, used for high blood pressure. Howard Lewine, sun-sentinel.com, "A lingering cough should be checked by doctor," 2 Oct. 2019 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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First Known Use of postnasal drip

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Postnasal drip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postnasal%20drip. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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postnasal drip

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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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