- (countable) Any inflammation of the pharynx that causes soreness.
- (pathology, uncountable) The same, as a common symptom for many viral and bacterial infections.
1846, C. H. J. Routh, “Hospital reports”, in Thomas Wakley, Henry Bennet, editor, The London Lancet, volume IV, page 78:
- Complains of a bad taste in his mouth ; there is some sore throat and difficulty of deglutition ; appetite very bad ; not very thirsty […] .
1879, Prosser James, Sore throat, its nature, varieties, and treatment', page 135:
- Some sore throat is a common symptom also in erysipelas of the scalp.
2010, Kate Valery, “Prayer at the Bus Stop”, in Love Triangle: Anthology of Poetry and Short Stories, page 12:
- I have a bit of sore throat.