Main definitions of croup in English

: croup1croup2

croup1

noun

  • Inflammation of the larynx and trachea in children, associated with infection and causing breathing difficulties.

    • ‘Adenovirus often affects the lower respiratory tract as well, causing bronchiolitis, croup, or viral pneumonia, which is less common but can cause serious illness in infants.’
    • ‘The same virus that can cause croup also causes the flu and common cold.’
    • ‘Bronchiolitis was the most common diagnosis, followed by pneumonia and croup.’
    • ‘In addition to the effects on the upper airway, the infections that cause croup can result in inflammation further down the airway, including the bronchi (breathing tubes) and the lungs.’
    • ‘Children who are born prematurely or who have a history of lung disease, such as asthma, may develop severe breathing difficulties if they get croup.’
    • ‘While the birth of a child is often a special time for families for women it is also a time characterised by colic, croup, cracked nipples, six feeds a day and sheer physical exhaustion.’
    • ‘Adults may simply have a cold with laryngitis, but children may develop croup.’
    • ‘Most children with croup get better without problems.’
    • ‘At least 90% of children with cough have a respiratory tract infection such as a cold, croup, bronchitis, bronchiolitis, whooping cough, or pneumonia.’
    • ‘They are responsible not just for coughing and sniffling, but also for sore throat, croup, pharyngitis, laryngitis and bronchitis.’
    • ‘Pneumonia, diarrhoea and croup are the other major complications precipitated by measles, which contribute to increased mortality.’
    • ‘Certain infections in children, most notably croup and epiglottitis, can also cause airway obstruction.’
    • ‘Other diagnoses of similar symptoms might be croup, a foreign object in the throat, or other non-serious causes of swelling of the epiglottis.’
    • ‘For newborns, colds can quickly develop into croup, pneumonia or another serious illness.’
    • ‘The girl can't seem to stay awake and her breathing sounds raspy, like she might have croup or cholera - both childhood illnesses.’
    • ‘Diagnosis was delayed with epiglottitis considered only after standard treatment for croup resulted in no clinical improvement.’
    • ‘These types of virus do not always cause the breathing difficulties associated with croup.’
    • ‘In children, fever associated with dyspnea usually implies an infectious cause, such as pneumonia, croup, or bronchiolitis.’
    • ‘Steam often helps children with mild cases of croup to breathe easier.’
    • ‘In children with croup, viral infection causes this area to become inflamed and edematous, which can lead to obstruction.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from dialect croup to croak of imitative origin.

Pronunciation:

croup

/kro͞op/

Main definitions of croup in English

: croup1croup2

croup2

noun

  • The rump or hindquarters, especially of a horse.

    • ‘The horse was still sporting several bald patches due to a skin rash that has clustered near his flank, croup, and hip, but the condition has had no impact on his training.’
    • ‘The powerful, level back slopes downward at the croup.’
    • ‘The foals bear his unmistakable stamp; an elegant neck and head, good bone, round croup with a full hip and low tail set and a straight forward, suspended movement.’
    • ‘Length in the neck, shoulder, forearm, croup, and from hip to hock helps a horse take longer strides for his size.’
    buttocks, behind, backside, rear, rear end, seat, haunches, cheeks
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French croupe, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to crop.

Pronunciation:

croup

/kro͞op/