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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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 The Giants players delivered an Americares shipment containing $90,000 in medicine that can then be given to patients for free, to treat chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension or upper respiratory infections common after hurricanes. Jenny Vrentas, SI.com, "Five Giants, and Those Forgotten After the Storm," 23 May 2018 The cat was dubbed Felix, later re-named Libby, and taken the Michigan Humane Society, where Livonia police said she was treated for an upper respiratory infection. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Kitten rescued by Livonia police on I-96 is up for adoption," 21 May 2018 Sims confirmed to the station that many of the 54 cats being quarantined in the facility are suffering from upper respiratory infections. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Disease outbreak at Texas cat cafe leads to kitty quarantine, investigation | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 Apr. 2018 The volunteers are seeing a lot of migrants with fevers, chills and upper respiratory infections, said Jose Maria Mora, a 28-year-old psychologist in charge of the volunteers. Daniel González, USA TODAY, "The migrant caravan shelters in Mexico, doctors treating fevers, chills and other ailments," 7 Apr. 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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