catarrh

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Borrowed from Ancient Greek κατάρροος (katarrhoos), which is derived from καταρρέω (katarréō, I flow down), which is composed of κατά (katá, down) and ῥέω (rhéō, I flow).

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catarrh (plural catarrhs)

  1. (pathology) inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose and throat.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XII:
      “Where I went wrong,” he said, still speaking in that low, husky voice as if he had been a ghost suffering from catarrh, “was in getting engaged to Phyllis Mills.”

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