bubonic plague


Definition of bubonic plague

: plague caused by a bacterium (Yersinia pestis) and characterized especially by the formation of buboes

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Recent Examples on the Web The new study follows research Earn has published on the historical spread of diseases such as bubonic plague, cholera and scarlet fever. Ryan Prior, CNN, "What 3 centuries of smallpox mortality data shows about how epidemics linger," 22 Dec. 2020 Nineteenth century crosses to ward off bubonic plague are sprinkled around Catholic neighborhoods. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, "From leprosy to COVID-19, how stigma makes it harder to fight epidemics," 16 Sep. 2020 In 1527, Europe experienced a resurgence of the bubonic plague, nearly two centuries after the Black Death. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "An Advent Lament in the Pandemic," 20 Dec. 2020 The plague doctors, the real ones, were amateur physicians who tried to help people suffering from the bubonic plague. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Dressed for the Plague. No, Not This One.," 14 Dec. 2020 Not long after, bubonic plague caused the loss of as many as 100 million people. Michael S. Hopkins, The Christian Science Monitor, "A Thanksgiving like no other: Finding uplift in a dark year," 25 Nov. 2020 But first, a little costume history: One lasting costume theme was inspired by the deadliest pandemic in human history, the bubonic plague, or Black Death, that peaked in Europe about 1350. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "A little history and a lot of frights for Halloween," 28 Oct. 2020 The death was reported to health authorities in Baotou city on Sunday and the victim was confirmed to be a bubonic plague patient on Thursday, the Baotou Municipal Health Commission said in a statement on its website. Nectar Gan And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia," 7 Aug. 2020 To get more click bait, toss in a bubonic plague comparison. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Want to convince me to wear a mask? Here’s what not to do.," 17 July 2020

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First Known Use of bubonic plague

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Bubonic plague.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubonic%20plague. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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bubonic plague


English Language Learners Definition of bubonic plague

: a very serious disease that is spread especially by rats and that killed many people in the Middle Ages

bubonic plague

bu·​bon·​ic plague | \ bü-ˈbä-nik, byü- \

Kids Definition of bubonic plague

: a dangerous disease which is spread by rats and in which fever, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes are present

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Medical Definition of bubonic plague

: plague caused by a bacterium of the genus Yersinia (Y. pestis synonym Pasteurella pestis) and characterized especially by the formation of buboes — compare pneumonic plague

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