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typhus

noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

medical : a serious disease that is carried by small insects that live on the bodies of people and animals and that causes high fever, headache, and a dark red rash

Full Definition of TYPHUS

:  any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsias: as
a :  a severe human febrile disease that is caused by one (Rickettsia prowazekii) transmitted especially by body lice and is marked by high fever, stupor alternating with delirium, intense headache, and a dark red rash
b :  murine typhus
c :  scrub typhus

Origin of TYPHUS

New Latin, from Greek typhos fever; akin to Greek typhein to smoke — more at deaf
First Known Use: 1785
TYPHUS Defined for Kids

typhus

noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

Definition of TYPHUS for Kids

:  a disease spread especially by body lice and in which there is high fever, delirium, severe headache, and a dark red rash
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typhus

noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

Medical Definition of TYPHUS

:  any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsial bacteria: as a :  a severe human febrile disease that is caused by one (Rickettsia prowazekii) transmitted especially by body lice and is marked by high fever, stupor alternating with delirium, intense headache, and a dark red rash—called also louse-borne typhus b :  murine typhus c :  scrub typhus

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