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Medical Dictionary


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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