We have looked at the strawberry as a food-derived medical term. Today: the cherry. First, savor this article with an alarming title:
Diaz K, Malave A. “Cherry Red Emergency”: Acute Epiglottitis Requiring Surgical Airway, Chest, 2012; 142 (4_MeetingAbstracts), 12A-12A.
Here is more information elaborating on the cherry red epiglottis (a flap of tissue at the tongue’s back that helps ensure food doesn’t go the wrong way into the airway when swallowing – a potential disaster).
BONUS: Info about actual cherries.