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A pathological condition of the larynx, especially in infants and children, that is characterized by respiratory difficulty and a hoarse, brassy cough.
[From dialectal croup, to croak.]
croup′ous (kro͞o′pəs), croup′y adj.
The rump of a beast of burden, especially a horse.
[Middle English croupe, from Old French, of Germanic origin.]
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