common cold

noun
cold ( def 21 ).

Origin:
1780–90

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common cold
 
n
a mild viral infection of the upper respiratory tract, characterized by sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, sore throat, etc

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Medical Dictionary

common cold n.
See cold.

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common cold   (kŏm'ən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Example sentences
Cocaine was the basis of remedies for the common cold.
Most died from epidemic diseases, including the common cold, for which they had
  no biological defenses.
The extract was also found to have a preventative effect against the common
  cold.
Flu causes epidemics and pandemics with the potential for mortality, whereas
  the common cold is a nuisance for us.
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