upper respiratory

adjective

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

Examples of upper respiratory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The common cold and the flu are examples of upper respiratory tract infections caused by a virus. Jenny Sweigard, Verywell Health, 1 July 2024 Two only reported conjunctivitis, or pink eye, while the third also experienced upper respiratory symptoms. Dinah Voyles Pulver, USA TODAY, 16 June 2024 What's distinct about the latest case is that the worker reported upper respiratory tract symptoms, including cough without fever, and eye discomfort with watery discharge, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 30 May 2024 Those who contract the virus often experience mild illnesses including an eye infection and upper respiratory symptoms or no symptoms at all, while others can develop a severe sometimes fatal disease like pneumonia. Marina Johnson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for upper respiratory 

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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 15 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

upper respiratory

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