chikungunya

noun chik·un·gun·ya \ ˌchi-kən-ˈgu̇n-yə , ˌchi-ku̇ŋ- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of chikungunya

: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

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Origin and Etymology of chikungunya

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


Medical Dictionary

chikungunya

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

medical Definition of chikungunya

: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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