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 During the Middle Ages, for instance, Europeans burned bundles of rosemary in their homes and even stuffed it in their noses to ward off the Black Death, a.k.a. bubonic plague. Jeanette Marantosstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Great plagues terrorized humanity in ancient and pre-modern times, most notably the bubonic plague. New York Times, 14 Feb. 2022 A few centuries after the bubonic plague, the idea of work as a higher calling—once reserved for priests and nuns—grew out of the Protestant Reformation. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 2 Feb. 2022 The 1918 Spanish flu, the second deadliest pandemic after the bubonic plague, became much less deadly and caused only ordinary seasonal flu by 1920. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 19 Jan. 2022 This is perhaps not dissimilar to how my fellow mid-1300 Italians looked at the years after the bubonic plague was finally tamed — a period that led to the Renaissance, one of the most prolific times in our modern society. Max Versace, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Outbreaks of infectious disease — the bubonic plague, smallpox, cholera, the Spanish flu, AIDS — have been pivot points in human history. William Falk, The Week, 23 Oct. 2021 One forced them to the outer fringes of the city, while another empowered the Board of Health to essentially quarantine all of Chinatown as its residents were wrongfully scapegoated for carrying the bubonic plague. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Nov. 2021 Jurors on Thursday also heard from a former security supervisor at the lab where Lathem, an accomplished microbiologist, studied the bubonic plague. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, 30 Sep. 2021 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bubonic plague

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

bubonic plague


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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