Definition of cholera
: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms; especially : an acute diarrheal disease caused by an enterotoxin produced by a comma-shaped gram-negative bacillus (Vibrio cholerae synonym V. comma) when it is present in large numbers in the proximal (see proximal 2) part of the human small intestine
Recent Examples of cholera from the Web
To control cholera outbreaks, researchers need faster ways of detecting the bacterial culprits.
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed 1500 lives since April and is suspected of sickening 246,000 people.
During the 19th century, multiple cholera pandemics raged.
But MINUSTAH has also endured criticism over cholera, which was introduced by Nepalese peacekeepers months after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
WHO says cholera is present in 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates.
About 10,000 others are living in a temporary camp in Aburoc village, near the border, that’s experienced cases of cholera.
Yemen is now gripped by a growing food crisis, with millions facing starvation, as well as a fast spreading outbreak of cholera that now stands at more than 70,000 cases.
SANAA (AP) — A Yemeni health official says more than 96,000 people have been infected with cholera in an outbreak that has caused at least 746 deaths since late April.
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Origin and Etymology of cholera
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
CHOLERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cholera for English Language Learners
: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and that often results in death
CHOLERA Defined for Kids
Definition of cholera for Students
: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea
Medical Definition of cholera
: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms: asa: an acute diarrheal disease caused by an enterotoxin produced by various strains of a comma-shaped gram-negative bacterium of the genus Vibrio (V. cholerae synonym V. comma) when it is present in large numbers in the proximal part of the human small intestine—see asiatic cholerab: fowl cholerac: hog cholera
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