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[grip] /grɪp/
noun, Pathology, (formerly)
Origin of grippe
1770-80; < French, noun derivative of gripper to seize suddenly < Germanic; akin to grip, gripe
Related forms
grippal, adjective
grippelike, adjective
postgrippal, adjective
Can be confused
grip, gripe, grippe. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for grippal


a former name for influenza
Word Origin
C18: from French grippe, from gripper to seize, of Germanic origin; see grip1
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Word Origin and History for grippal



1776, probably from French grippe "influenza," originally "seizure," verbal noun from gripper "to grasp, hook," of Frankish origin, from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (see grip (v.), gripe). Supposedly in reference to constriction of the throat felt by sufferers; the word spread through European languages after the influenza epidemic during the Russian occupation of Prussia in the Seven Years' War (c.1760), and Russian chirpu, said to be imitative of the sound of the cough, is sometimes said to be the origin or inspiration for the word.

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grippal in Medicine

grippe or grip (grĭp)
See influenza.

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