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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Examples of cholera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the time, polluted urban water supplies are a problem for the poor—think of the London cholera outbreak that kickstarted modern epidemiology, or modern lead pollution in the water supply of Flint, Michigan. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal," 30 June 2020 An outbreak of cholera in India in 1831 claimed thousands of pilgrims’ lives on their way to perform hajj. Ken Chitwood, Quartz Africa, "Saudi’s Hajj cancellation for Covid-19 is not the first time a plague has disrupted Muslims’ pilgrimage," 25 June 2020 More than 4,000 people died in a cholera outbreak at the height of the southern African country’s economic problems in 2008. Washington Post, "Zimbabwe copes with diarrhea outbreak which has killed 9," 26 June 2020 In 2011, Cuba was the first country to send doctors to Haiti to fight a cholera epidemic. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 An 1849 cholera outbreak in London killed more than 10,000 people in three months. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "The Coronavirus Is Already Reshaping Urban Life," 9 June 2020 In rereading the article we were struck by Katherine Jaques’ selflessly heroic actions in helping victims of cholera in San Antonio. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Fast-moving illness was 19th-century scourge," 5 June 2020 The threat of cholera and the risk of death exhilarated him. The Economist, "A quarantine rhapsody For Alexander Pushkin, lockdown was liberating," 4 June 2020 These issues are but the latest in Madagascar’s tumultuous history, which ranges from political upheaval—most recently, a nine-month-long coup d’état in 2009—to recent bouts of bubonic plague and cholera. Katie Knorovsky, National Geographic, "Madagascar’s tourism drought could fuel another crisis," 20 May 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Cholera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholera. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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cholera

noun
How to pronounce cholera (audio)

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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