typhus fever

typhus fever
noun
rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑typhus
Hypernyms: ↑rickettsial disease, ↑rickettsiosis

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noun
see typhus

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ty|phus «TY fuhs», noun, or typhus fever,
an acute, infectious disease characterized by high fever, extreme weakness, dark-red spots on the skin, and stupor or delirium. It is caused by a rickettsia carried by fleas, lice, ticks, or mites.
[< New Latin typhus < Greek tŷphos stupor caused by fever; (originally) smoke < t to smoke]

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