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

Examples of upper respiratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some had upper respiratory infections, some had become exposed to feline leukemia and some had infections that had damaged their eyes. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "After animal cruelty rescue, Baltimore County Animal Services waives adoption fees," 21 Nov. 2019 However, some of the cats have medical issues associated with living in unsanitary conditions, including upper respiratory infections, fleas, and dry skin, the ARL said. BostonGlobe.com, "The Animal Rescue League removed almost 80 total cats from overcrowded and deplorable conditions over the past two weeks in two separate rescues in Southeastern Massachusetts, the organization said.," 8 Nov. 2019 Pediatricians need to explain -- and parents need to understand -- that the best treatment for an upper respiratory infection is simply symptomatic. Anchorage Daily News, "The Kid’s Doctor: Get smart about antibiotics this cold and flu season," 24 July 2019 Due to the dirt, when dogs played dust clouds were generated and dog owners said consequently their pets suffered eye infections, upper respiratory infections and skin issues. Pomerado News, "Maienschein secures $500K for RB Dog Park improvements," 3 July 2019 Heath officials say swimming in the contaminated water can cause gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 The bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. oregonlive.com, "Fecal matter in water at Cannon Beach prompts health advisory," 18 June 2019 According to the agency’s own analysis, the new rule could lead to more cases of upper respiratory illness and cause an estimated 1,400 premature deaths each year by 2030. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry," 19 June 2019 The claims data showed ailments frequently treated in the emergency room include cough, bronchitis, headache, sore throat, nausea and upper respiratory infection. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Unneeded ER visits cost nation's healthcare $32 billion last year," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of upper respiratory

1950, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2019

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“Upper respiratory.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20respiratory. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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