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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The war has seen over 10,000 people killed and sparked a major cholera epidemic. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "UAE's campaign for Yemen port city a test of 'Little Sparta'," 19 June 2018 Though few individuals nowadays would be interested in a diet because of its purported anti-cholera effects, diet fads continue to be extremely popular, with those that promise weight loss and metabolic health dominating the wellness landscape. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 When Ebola flared up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, a wave of international public health workers had just left the country, where they had been deployed to combat cholera. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 New warnings Some 15,000 Yemenis have been killed or injured since fighting began, and millions of those still alive are threatened by famine, acute malnutrition, forced displacement and preventable diseases like cholera. Kate Samuelson, Time, "Yemen Enters Its Fourth Year of War—and Humanitarian Crisis," 29 Mar. 2018 Malnutrition, cholera and other diseases have killed or sickened thousands of civilians over the years. Ahmed Al-haj, The Seattle Times, "New bout of heavy fighting in Yemen kills dozens," 27 May 2018 The country is vulnerable to another outbreak of cholera, which aid groups said has already killed 1,000 people. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Yemeni Forces, Backed by Saudi-Led Coalition, Launch Assault on Country’s Main Port," 13 June 2018 But cholera is vicious and really punishes complacency. Richard Conniff, Scientific American, "New Probiotic Cholera Vaccine Can Outrace the Infection’s Rapid Spread," 13 June 2018 The libretto, written by Marcela Fuentes-Berain, a former student of Garcia Marquez’s, also features many of the Colombian Nobel laureate’s most famous motifs: butterflies, cholera, a hero named Aurelio. Celeste Landeros, miamiherald, "Cecilia Violetta Lopez's debut will be real magic in FGO's 'Florencia en el Amazonas' | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 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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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

b : fowl cholera

c : hog cholera

Other words from cholera

choleraic \ˌkäl-ə-ˈrā-ik \ adjective

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