Definition of catarrh in English:


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  • Excessive discharge or buildup 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.’



/kəˈtär/ /kəˈtɑr/


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