upper respiratory


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

Examples of upper respiratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the hospital has been struggling to cope with the massive numbers of people seeking help for ailments, including asthma, upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis and emphysema, a serious lung condition that causes shortness of breath. Kocha Olarn, CNN, 5 Apr. 2023 Some evidence suggests echinacea might help reduce the effects of upper respiratory tract infections but findings are limited.1 Echinacea, or purple coneflower, is an herb traditionally used in some Native American medicinal practices for wound healing. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 31 Mar. 2023 During the winter of 2008–2009, Katie Boateng became sick with an upper respiratory tract infection. Hannah Docter-Loeb, Scientific American, 28 Mar. 2023 The problem is that your squishy bits (particularly your lips, throat, and upper respiratory system) are not designed to hold in a lungful of air against a vacuum. Popular Mechanics, 4 Aug. 2023 Prolonged exposure can irritate eyes, skin and the upper respiratory system. George Petras, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2023 Viral infections and illnesses that target the upper respiratory system can also reduce your sense of smell, and by extension taste. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 22 Mar. 2023 Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Saturday that although there had been a rise in intestinal and upper respiratory infections, the numbers did not indicate a serious threat to public health, adding that measures had been taken to monitor and prevent possible disease. Leila Sackur, NBC News, 18 Feb. 2023 Overexposure to the chemical can cause irritation in the eyes, skin and upper respiratory system, the agency reports, as well as breathing difficulties. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 17 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upper respiratory was in 1841

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“Upper respiratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20respiratory. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition

upper respiratory

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