breakbone fever

noun

break·​bone fever ˈbrāk-ˈbōn- How to pronounce breakbone fever (audio)
: dengue

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes and known as breakbone fever, is found in Latin America but not on the islands. Judy Stone, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Its nickname, breakbone fever, gives you a sense of how lousy dengue makes people feel. Helen Branswell, STAT, 26 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of breakbone fever was in 1855

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Cite this Entry

“Breakbone fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breakbone%20fever. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

breakbone fever

noun
break·​bone fever ˌbrāk-ˌbōn- How to pronounce breakbone fever (audio)
: dengue

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