cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkä-lə-rə \

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 sense 2) part of the human small intestine

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Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict, which has killed over 10,000 people and sparked a cholera epidemic and humanitarian crisis. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid," 22 Oct. 2018 The World Health Organization says each week witnesses 10,000 new cholera cases, and the U.N. estimates that as many as 14 million Yemenis are at risk of starvation. William A. Galston, WSJ, "Congress Can Stand Up to the Saudis," 23 Oct. 2018 Read More Trump didn’t want to give Haiti $11 million for cholera. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "U.S. Congress to U.N.: What are you doing to compensate Haiti's cholera victims?," 15 June 2018 There is also some indication that the GOP tax cuts late last year are becoming more popular, or at least not quite as unpopular as cholera. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Can Donald Trump, the Most Unpopular President Ever, Save Republicans From a Massive Defeat in 2018?," 21 Feb. 2018 An unprecedented cholera epidemic broke out last year, affecting more than a million people, according to World Health Organization estimates. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "U.N. Report Flags Possible War Crimes in Yemen Conflict," 28 Aug. 2018 Beyond the landslides and flooding, there are worries about waterborne diseases like cholera. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 The war has devastated the country's health system and provided the breeding grounds for the world's largest cholera outbreak last year. Jamey Keaten, Fox News, "Experts: UAE, Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen," 28 Aug. 2018 The war has devastated the country’s health system and provided the breeding grounds for the world’s largest cholera outbreak last year. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Experts: UAE, Saudis may have committed war crimes in Yemen," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of cholera

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholera

Latin

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The first known use of cholera was in 1601

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cholera

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cholera

: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and that often results in death

cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkä-lə-rə \

Kids Definition of cholera

: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea

cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkäl-ə-rə \

Medical Definition of cholera

: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms: as
a : 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 cholera

Other Words from cholera

choleraic \ ˌkäl-​ə-​ˈrā-​ik \ adjective

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