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croup

Pronunciation: krup

Definition:

  1. Acute obstruction of upper airway in infants and children characterized by a barking cough with difficult and noisy respiration.
  2. Laryngotracheobronchitis in infants and young children caused by parainfluenza viruses 1 and 2.
  3. An anatomic term in veterinary medicine referring to the topline located between the base of the tail and forward to the cranial aspect of the wings of the ilium in dogs and horses.

[Scots, probably from A.S. kropan, to cry aloud]

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