chikungunya

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noun chik·un·gun·ya \ˌchi-kən-ˈgu̇n-yə, ˌchi-ku̇ŋ-\

Definition of chikungunya

  1. :  a febrile disease that resembles dengue, occurs especially in parts of Africa, India, and southeastern Asia, and is caused by a togavirus (species Chikungunya virus of the genus Alphavirus) transmitted especially by aedes mosquitoes Chikungunya is rarely fatal but can cause severe fevers, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and muscle and joint pains. — Martin Enserink

Origin and Etymology of chikungunya

borrowed from Kimakonde (Bantu language of the Makonde), alleged to mean “that which bends up”


First Known Use: 1954


Medical Dictionary

chikungunya

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noun chik·un·gun·ya \ˌchik-ən-ˈgu̇n-yə, ˌchik-u̇ŋ-\

Medical Definition of chikungunya

  1. :  a febrile disease that resembles dengue, occurs especially in parts of Africa, India, and southeastern Asia, and is caused by a togavirus of the genus Alphavirus (species Chikungunya virus) transmitted by mosquitoes especially of the genus Aedes—called also chikungunya fever


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