upper respiratory


Definition of 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 Other spike protein mutations, including one called D614G that has been seen in the U.S., allow the virus to replicate better in the upper respiratory tract of mice, rather than the lower tract. Sara Reardon, Scientific American, "The U.K. Coronavirus Mutation Is Worrying but Not Terrifying," 24 Dec. 2020 Hernandez had preexisting health conditions, including high blood pressure and upper respiratory issues, and was feeling sick leading up to the day of travel, the airline said in a statement. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Coughing, sneezing, vomiting: Visibly ill people aren’t being kept off planes," 1 Jan. 2021 The living cats found by police showed signs of leukemia, conjunctivitis, upper respiratory infection or other infections, said a veterinarian who had responded to the scene. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "Middle River couple living with 220 dead and living animals sentenced to serve jail time, pay restitution," 7 Dec. 2020 The government suspended classes for primary school levels 1 to 3 from Nov. 23 for two weeks, after shutting kindergartens and nurseries a week ago due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Cases Pass 12 Million; California Hits Record: Virus Update," 20 Nov. 2020 As cases surge, cold and flu season begins, and Thanksgiving nears, more Marylanders are seeking tests because of possible exposure to the virus, upper respiratory symptoms and desires to visit family members for the holidays, experts say. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, "Coronavirus in Maryland: 5 takeaways from the week," 20 Nov. 2020 Kindergartens and nurseries have been suspended since a week ago due to outbreaks of upper respiratory tract infection and the risks of coronavirus resurgence. Jinshan Hong, Bloomberg.com, "Hong Kong Virus Cases Surge Again as City Sees ‘Fourth Wave’," 20 Nov. 2020 Inside the human body, the virus is constantly replicating in the upper respiratory tract -- in the nose, the sinuses, the throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Here's why mouthwash is not going to save you from coronavirus," 17 Nov. 2020 Another recent study in JAMA Pediatrics reported that children younger than 5 with mild or moderate cases of covid-19 had similar or larger viral loads in their upper respiratory tract compared to older children and adults. Washington Post, "Covid-19 and child care: What the latest research says," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of upper respiratory

1841, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jan 2021

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“Upper respiratory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upper%20respiratory. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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