Definition of Croup

1. Noun. A disease of infants and young children; harsh coughing and hoarseness and fever and difficult breathing.

Exact synonyms: Spasmodic Laryngitis
Generic synonyms: Angina
Derivative terms: Croupy

2. Noun. The part of an animal that corresponds to the human buttocks.
Exact synonyms: Croupe, Hindquarters, Rump
Group relationships: Bird, Quadruped
Specialized synonyms: Haunch
Generic synonyms: Body Part

Definition of Croup

1. n. The hinder part or buttocks of certain quadrupeds, especially of a horse; hence, the place behind the saddle.

2. n. An inflammatory affection of the larynx or trachea, accompanied by a hoarse, ringing cough and stridulous, difficult breathing; esp., such an affection when associated with the development of a false membrane in the air passages (also called membranous croup). See False croup, under False, and Diphtheria.

Definition of Croup

1. Noun. The top of the rump of a horse. ¹

2. Verb. (obsolete except dialectal) To croak, make a hoarse noise. ¹

3. Noun. (pathology) An infectious illness of the larynx, especially in young children, causing respiratory difficulty. ¹

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Definition of Croup

1. a disease of the throat [n -S]

Medical Definition of Croup

1. A viral disease, often caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which results upper respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose and a barky (seal-like) cough. Episodic difficulty in breathing can be quite dramatic in some cases. Attacks of croup are manifest by a loud noise when the individual inhales, known as stridor. In most cases, breathing humidified air (for example steamy bathroom) clears the symptoms of acute croup. Treatment is generally conservative with a vaporizer and fever control. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Croup

croup (current term)
croupier's rake

Literary usage of Croup

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1861)
"Dr. Watson, in his lectures, says :— " Some analogy with that disease (croup) it certainly has, but the points of difference are stronger and more essential ..."

2. The Practitioner by Gale Group, ProQuest Information and Learning Company (1885)
"He points out that as long ago as 1807 the opinion was held that laryngeal croup was caused by the outpouring of a coagulable substance over the surface of ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1890)
"I think that the vast majority of cases of croup coming under my observation were diphtheritic, but I have also seen a number of patients in whom the ..."

4. The Care and Feeding of Children: A Catechism for the Use of Mothers and by Luther Emmett Holt (1920)
"7s simple croup dangerous?- The ordinary croup of infants is spasmodic croup, ... What is the dangerous form of croup? Membranous croup, which is the same ..."

5. A Treatise on the diseases of infancy and childhood by Job Lewis Smith (1886)
"THE term pseudo-membranous laryngitis, or laryngo-tracheitis, or true croup, is applied to a common and fatal disease, the essential anatomical character of ..."

6. The Science and Art of Surgery: Being a Treatise on Surgical Injuries by John Eric Erichsen (1873)
"Opening Hie Windpipe in croup and Diphtheria.—The question as to whether the windpipe should be opened in cases of croup has been much discussed. ..."

7. The Retrospect of Medicine by William Braithwaite (1859)
"It cannot be shown that croup is connected with any peculiarity of the ... Laryngeal croup is characterised by a pseudo-membrane of more or less extent. 6. ..."

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