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

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Is there an epidemic of cholera there or something? Angela Serratore, Curbed, "The magical (postmodern) world of Disney," 17 July 2019 So far no cholera deaths have been confirmed, the report said. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, The Seattle Times, "Mozambique says cholera cases up to 271 in cyclone-hit city," 31 Mar. 2019 The water crisis has also sparked fears of cholera outbreak in areas where residents have gone without water for as long as three months, the NGO said. CNN, "Zimbabwe drought leaves more than two million people without clean water," 17 July 2019 Here's the latest for Thursday July 11th: Weinstein shakes up his legal team; Biden outlines his foreign policy vision; Yeman's cholera outbreak shown no sign of slowing; NJ dog scares off a nosey black bear. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "'He was just the sweetest baby': Texas toddler found dead in landfill following statewide Amber Alert," 11 July 2019 Particularly after the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and led to a still ongoing cholera outbreak, the government was supposed to use it to fund infrastructure and healthcare projects. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Why a Venezuelan Oil Program Is Fueling Massive Street Protests in Haiti," 24 June 2019 The war has killed tens of thousands of people and has put 10 million people at risk of famine and the world's worst cholera epidemic. NBC News, "Britain broke the law on Saudi arms exports, court rules," 20 June 2019 The war has created what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, pushing millions to the edge of starvation and leading to the spread of cholera and the deaths of thousands of civilians. Michael Laforgia, New York Times, "Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia," 7 June 2019 Rape, cholera and rubble seemed the only things in great supply. Jeffrey A. Engel, Twin Cities, "Jeffrey Engel: The lesson of D-Day for Americans today," 6 June 2019

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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 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 choleraic (audio) \ adjective

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