One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Catarrhal inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose, caused especially by a cold or by hay fever.
- ‘His job responsibilities required that he wear latex gloves, and he eventually developed coryza (ie, acute rhinitis), skin exfoliation, and skin fissures.’
- ‘Cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis were also present.’
- ‘Cough often follows other symptoms, such as coryza and fever.’
- ‘A viral etiology is strongly suggested by the absence of fever or the presence of conjunctivitis, coryza, cough, or diarrhea.’
- ‘A 57-year-old male chemical manufacturing worker was examined at our hospital because of recurrent attacks of coryza, rhinorrhea, urticaria, and wheezing over the preceding 2 years.’
Early 16th century: from Latin, from Greek koruza ‘nasal mucus’.
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