Meaning of catarrh in English:


Pronunciation /kəˈtɑː/

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mass noun
  • Excessive discharge or build-up of mucus in the nose or throat, associated with inflammation of the mucous membrane.

    ‘There may be lots of mucus or catarrh in the nose and mouth.’
    • ‘Dairy products do have a tendency to induce the production of mucus and catarrh around the nose and throat.’
    • ‘The catarrh produced with throat or tonsil infections can also cause bad breath.’
    • ‘They are also more likely to develop glue ear if they have a history of associated problems such as repeated upper respiratory infections (including colds and flu) or nasal catarrh.’
    • ‘Atopy is an inherited inclination to develop atopic dermatitis, allergic nasal catarrh, allergic conjunctivitis, or allergic asthma.’
    • ‘In my experience, dairy products such as milk and cheese can induce the formation of mucus and catarrh in a surprising number of individuals.’
    • ‘The main type of drug treatment for catarrh is decongestants, which can be bought over the counter from a pharmacy.’
    • ‘It will also help to ease aches and pains associated with winter colds and flu, clearing catarrh and encouraging you to breathe more easily.’
    • ‘Eucalyptus has for a long time been known as a remedy for easing bronchial problems such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, whooping cough and chronic catarrh.’
    • ‘Today, British allergy specialists concur that a candida overgrowth is responsible for a number of symptoms: gut disorders like itching wind and changed bowel habits, catarrh, some eczemas, arthritis and asthma.’
    • ‘Dairy products are quite common instigators of food sensitivity-related reactions which include a blocked nose, sinus congestion and catarrh.’
    • ‘A Scottish doctor in London has made the discovery that in many people it produces appendicitis, catarrh of the stomach and some minor diseases.’
    • ‘Twenty-six per cent experienced a reduction in catarrh and 15 per cent reported an improvement in eczema.’
    • ‘Garlic helps to prevent colds and expel catarrh from the chest, will sooth a nagging cough and relieves the symptoms of sinusitis.’
    • ‘Some children cannot break free from glue ear while they are full of repeated cold and catarrh, and often begin school unable to speak or hear properly.’
    • ‘Her diet is strict; she avoids dairy products, which can create catarrh problems for singers.’


Early 16th century from French catarrhe, from late Latin catarrhus, from Greek katarrhous, from katarrhein ‘flow down’, from kata- ‘down’ + rhein ‘flow’.