Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, an acute inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nostrils, eyes, etc.; a cold in the head. See ozæna.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Nasal catarrh.

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  • noun pathology Inflammation of the mucous membranes lining the nasal cavity, usually causing a running nose, nasal congestion and loss of smell.

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  • noun an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the nose (usually associated with nasal discharge)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Late Latin coryza, from Greek koruza, catarrh; perhaps akin to Old English hrot, snot.]

Examples

  • I have been suffering from my annual attack of "coryza," or hay-cold.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • I have been suffering from my annual attack of "coryza," or hay-cold.

    The Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman, Volume II., Part 3

  • I have been suffering from my annual attack of "coryza," or hay-cold.

    Memoirs of Gen. William T. Sherman — Volume 2

  • I have been suffering from my annual attack of "coryza," or hay-cold.

    Memoirs of Gen. William T. Sherman — Complete

  • In the early stage it is 'coryza', or nasal catarrh; but the affection rapidly extends, and seems to attack the mucous membranes generally, determined to some particular one, either by atmospheric influence or accidental causes, or constitutional predisposition.

    The Dog

  • When 'coryza' in the dog runs on to catarrh, and the membrane of the pharynx partakes of the inflammation, the velum palati becomes inflamed and thickened, but will not act as a perfect communication between the mouth and the nose.

    The Dog

  • Next day Popinot had an attack of coryza, a complaint which is not dangerous, and generally known by the absurd and inadequate name of a cold in the head.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • Catarrhs and coryza in very old people are not concocted.

    Aphorisms

  • But if the summer is parched and northerly, but the autumn rainy and southerly, headache and sphacelus of the brain are likely to occur; and in addition hoarseness, coryza, coughs, and in some cases, consumption.

    On Airs, Waters, And Places

  • Next day Popinot had an attack of coryza, a complaint which is not dangerous, and generally known by the absurd and inadequate name of a cold in the head.

    The Commission in Lunacy

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  • "The planet Pluto is so far away, and isolated from the sun, it is said, that it produces coryza tempratures."

    --Angel Steinborn, Urban Dictionary

    Of course, Pluto isn't a planet anymore; it's been downgraded by astronomers to a dwarf planet, or minor planet. (I would prefer to call it a planetoid, just because I like the sound of that.) It's essentially a celestial snowball, probably with a rock in the center -- the kind of thing the bully down the street threw at you in when you were a kid, just because he hated your snowsuit.

    December 8, 2008

  • "'You can have croup by itself, so to speak, or as an early symptom of various other things.'

    'Such as?' Bree had a death grip on Jemmy....

    'Oh...' Claire seemed to be listening intently, but not to Bree. More to whatever was happening inside Jemmy, who had quit coughing and was lying exhausted against his mother's shoulder, breathing thickly in steam-engine gasps. 'Um ... coryza—that's only a common cold. Influenza. Asthma. Diphtheria. But it isn't that,' she added hurriedly."

    —Diana Gabaldon, The Fiery Cross (NY: Bantam Dell, 2001), 707

    January 26, 2010