cholera morbus


chol·​era mor·​bus ˈkä-lə-rə-ˈmȯr-bəs How to pronounce cholera morbus (audio)
 dialectal  -ˈmä(r)-;
 dialectal  ˈkä-lē-
: gastrointestinal illness characterized by cramps, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting

Word History


New Latin, literally, the disease cholera

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cholera morbus was in 1673

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Cite this Entry

“Cholera morbus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

cholera morbus

cholera mor·​bus -ˈmȯr-bəs How to pronounce cholera morbus (audio)
: gastroenteritis characterized by abdominal pain, diarrhea, and sometimes vomiting
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