cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkä-lə-rə How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

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

Examples of cholera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the first time, the United Nations acknowledges its own involvement in the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 7 July 2021 An estimated 500,000 people have lost access to safe water, paving the way for a possible large-scale cholera outbreak. Sarah Ferguson, Forbes, 28 May 2021 April 2017 - A cholera outbreak begins in Yemen amid war. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 19 May 2021 The method has since been used to learn more about other diseases such as malaria, flu, typhoid and cholera. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 All together, the war has left some 29 million people suffering in the crosshairs, facing starvation, the world's worst cholera outbreak and now the silent sweep of the coronavirus in a country with little to no health care infrastructure. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, 11 Mar. 2021 The system has been used to help people source shots for ailments like tetanus and cholera, by gathering data from dose-administration sides and showing vaccine availability on a map. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, 27 Feb. 2021 Lack of sanitation, overcrowding, exposure, the tropical climate and heavy drinking led to epidemics of dysentery, yellow fever and cholera. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, 2 Oct. 2020 According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, the festival started in 1885 as a request to the gods to spare the area from a cholera outbreak that was making its way through the villages. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of cholera

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholera

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“Cholera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholera. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

Kids Definition of cholera

: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea

cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkäl-ə-rə How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

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 How to pronounce cholera (audio) \ adjective

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