murine typhus

noun

Definition of murine typhus

:a mild disease that is marked especially by fever, headache, and rash, is caused by a rickettsia (Rickettsia typhi synonym R. mooseri), is widespread in nature in rodents, and is transmitted to humans by a flea

First Known Use of murine typhus

1933


Medical Dictionary

murine typhus

noun

medical Definition of murine typhus

:a mild febrile disease that is marked by headache and rash, is caused by a bacterium of the genus Rickettsia (R. typhi), is widespread in nature in rodents, and is transmitted to humans by a flea called also endemic typhus

Learn More about murine typhus


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up murine typhus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

alert quickness of mind or body

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!