upper respiratory


Definition of upper respiratory

: of, affecting, or being the part of the respiratory system that includes the nose, nasal passages, and nasopharynx upper respiratory tract upper respiratory infection

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Getty Images Modern Family star Sarah Hyland is home and recovering after a recent trip to the hospital where she was treated for pink eye and an upper respiratory infection. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Wells Adams Cheered Up Sarah Hyland After She Returned from the Hospital This Weekend," 24 Mar. 2019 Excess clear snot paired with other symptoms like a cough, fever, or general feeling of blahness that hangs around for three or four days may also signal the beginning a mild upper respiratory virus, like a brief cold, Dr. Voigt says. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 Many patients have upper respiratory infections, Dr. Pardo said, adding that testing may not be picking up the virus causing the condition. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Cases of Rare Neurological Condition Rise in U.S.," 16 Oct. 2018 Even an upper respiratory infection, which caused Mays to cough up phlegm that smelled like cleaning chemicals, didn't seem odd at the time. Molly Rauch, Good Housekeeping, "When Your Water Poisons Your Children," 16 Feb. 2016 The test will prevent clinicians from missing pertussis in its early stages when symptoms are similar to upper respiratory tract infections caused by viruses such as influenza, Blumberg said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "A whooping cough 'epidemic ' is looming. Here's how to keep your baby safe. | The Sacramento Bee," 16 Mar. 2018 Adenoidectomy was associated with about double the relative risk of obstructive pulmonary disorder, upper respiratory tract diseases and conjunctivitis. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Tonsillectomy Risks May Outweigh Benefits," 7 June 2018 The most common side effects are nose and throat irritation, sinusitis, upper respiratory infection, throat pain, headache, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "An asthma drug shows promise against Alzheimer's," 8 June 2018 Three 8-week-old kittens came with in with their eyes shut from goo likely caused by upper respiratory infections. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Dead, sick, dehydrated cats scattered, dumped in Warren," 1 June 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of upper respiratory

: of, relating to, or affecting the upper respiratory tract upper respiratory infection

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