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 2) part of the human small intestine
Recent Examples of cholera from the Web
In the past four weeks alone, 55,200 new cholera cases have been reported in Yemen -- many affecting children, UNICEF said in a statement Tuesday.
Two senior U.N. officials on Tuesday warned of the spread of cholera and malnutrition in Yemen, where millions of civilians have been caught in a two-year-old civil war.
Less than a month ago, the World Health Organization reported nearly 800 cases and at least 34 deaths from cholera, which causes fatal dehydration from water contaminated by feces.
AMMAN, Jordan — A senior United Nations official says treatable diseases like cholera could ravage Yemen this year without an increase in aid and an end to the two-year-old civil war.
Winchester Visiting this Metro Park site is akin to stepping back into 1880s Ohio — without the cholera.
According to their theory, exposure to violence is conceptually similar to exposure to, say, cholera or tuberculosis.
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Origin and Etymology of cholera
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
CHOLERA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cholera for English Language Learners
: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and that often results in death
CHOLERA Defined for Kids
Definition of cholera for Students
: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea
Medical Definition of cholera
: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms: asa: 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 cholerab: fowl cholerac: hog cholera
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