sore throat


Definition of sore throat

: pain in the throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

Examples of sore throat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the next day, the cough had worsened and a sore throat was added to her symptoms. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Beating covid-19 a breath at a time," 7 Sep. 2020 In April, the C.D.C. added to the list of early signs sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches. Katherine J. Wu, New York Times, "New York Will Test the Dead More Often for Coronavirus and Flu," 6 Sep. 2020 The Reno resident in question first tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in April after coming down with a sore throat, cough, and headache, as well as nausea and diarrhea. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "Scientists are reporting several cases of Covid-19 reinfection — but the implications are complicated," 28 Aug. 2020 Shea, a senior from Texas living off campus, had a sore throat at the time and worried she was exposed by a friend who had COVID-19. Kelli Smith,, "Notre Dame had to suspend classes days into the term as COVID-19 cases surged. Is that a cautionary tale for other college campuses trying to reopen?," 21 Aug. 2020 Fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle/body ache, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea will logically earn you a trip home. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "What you need to know about Ohio's fall contact sports order," 20 Aug. 2020 By Thursday, 14-year-old Henry was coughing and had a sore throat, and was tested for COVID-19. Diane Herbst,, "Parents Make Tough Choices as Schools Reopen in Coronavirus Hotspots: 'Very Stressed About It'," 11 Aug. 2020 In April, the C.D.C. added to the list of early signs sore throat, fever, chills and muscle aches. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times, "C.D.C.’s ‘Clarification’ on Coronavirus Testing Offers More Confusion," 27 Aug. 2020 The short-term risks of breathing in wildfire smoke include irritative symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, burning eyes, runny nose, wheezing and difficulty breathing. Kellie Hwang,, "When is it OK to go outside if it’s smoky in the Bay Area? How to assess your air quality risk," 26 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sore throat

1629, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2020

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“Sore throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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Medical Definition of sore throat

: painful throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

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