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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Recent Examples on the Web An estimated 380,000 to 520,000 British soldiers contracted trench fever during World War I. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Before WWI, Trench Fever Plagued the Ancient Romans and Napoleonic Soldiers," 4 Dec. 2020 The most recent addition to the author’s oeuvre, The Fall of Gondolin, was published in August 2018 but originally written more than a century earlier, when Tolkien was recovering from trench fever in 1917. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Christopher Tolkien, Son of J.R.R. Tolkien and ‘First Scholar’ of Middle-Earth, Dies at 95," 17 Jan. 2020 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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First Known Use of trench fever

1915, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jan 2021

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“Trench fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trench%20fever. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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trench fever

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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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