trench fever

noun

Definition of trench fever 

: a disease that is usually marked by fever and pain in muscles, bones, and joints and that is caused by a bacterium (Bartonella quintana synonym Rochalimaea quintana) transmitted by the human body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus)

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But whereas body lice can spread diseases, including epidemic typhus, trench fever and even the plague, head lice have never been blamed for any such outbreak. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Revenge of the Super Lice," 1 June 2017

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1915, in the meaning defined above

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trench fever

noun
\ˈtrench- \

Medical Definition of trench fever 

: a disease that is usually marked by fever and pain in muscles, bones, and joints and that is caused by a bacterium (Bartonella quintana synonym Rochalimaea quintana) transmitted by the human body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus)

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