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common cold

noun
1.
cold (def 21).
Origin of common cold
1780-1790
1780-90
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  • So far, none of the contagious infections except polio and the common cold had made the jump.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
  • He was horribly chilled, but thinking he had only a common cold, he took no care.

    Scenes and Characters Charlotte M. Yonge
  • It's designed to show the men of the future how to do everything from treating a common cold to exploding nuclear power.

  • This is a subacute or chronic inflammation of some part of the membrane affected in common cold, the disease just described.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • I've screened a dozen common diseases, including the six varieties of the common cold virus.

    Pandemic Jesse Franklin Bone
  • A common cold or sore throat may be followed by pneumonia if neglected or improperly treated.

    Special Report on Diseases of the Horse United States Department of Agriculture
  • We've won the greatest medical triumph of all times—the conquering of the common cold.

    The Coffin Cure Alan Edward Nourse
British Dictionary definitions for common cold

common cold

noun
1.
a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterized by sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc
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common cold in Medicine

common cold n.
See cold.

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common cold in Science
common cold
  (kŏm'ən)   
A respiratory infection caused by any of several viruses, such as adenovirus or rhinovirus, in which the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, and throat become inflamed. Common-cold symptoms include fever, nasal discharge, sneezing, and coughing.
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