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 Hartner’s 11-year-old son developed a sore throat and a bad cough after his first week at Butler Middle School in Cottonwood Heights. Erin Alberty, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Sep. 2021 Gibson, who lives in San Francisco, came down with a sore throat and fatigue; his partner had a cough, too. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 Spector told The New York Times that the most commonly reported symptoms with the delta variant are headaches, a sore throat and a runny nose. Dallas News, 28 July 2021 Kate developed a bad sore throat and the two were outright exhausted., 26 July 2021 At a county health department near my hometown in rural Arkansas, almost everyone who comes in for a COVID-19 test is congested and short of breath, with a sore throat and muscle aches. Monica Potts, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 Kate developed a bad sore throat and the two were outright exhausted. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Theophilus Tartoe of Mounds View left the officer with several scratches on her hands and a sore throat, the charges read. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 These include fever, chills, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell. Katia Hetter, CNN, 21 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sore throat

1629, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sore throat was in 1629

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13 Sep 2021

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“Sore throat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of sore throat

: painful throat due to inflammation of the fauces and pharynx

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