ty·​phoid | \ ˈtī-ˌfȯid How to pronounce typhoid (audio) , (ˌ)tī-ˈfȯid \

Definition of typhoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : a disease of domestic animals resembling human typhus or typhoid



Definition of typhoid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of typhus
2 [typhoid entry 1] : of, relating to, or constituting typhoid

Examples of typhoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the modern era, challenge trials have been used extensively to study and find treatments for influenza, malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and cholera. Washington Post, "Britain to infect healthy volunteers with coronavirus in vaccine challenge trials," 20 Oct. 2020 Human challenge studies have been previously used to develop vaccines for diseases including typhoid, cholera and malaria. Danika Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial," 20 Oct. 2020 The company claims that the sanitation process helps protect users from risks, such as botulism, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 13 best deals from REI's massive Labor Day Sale—shop The North Face, Deuter and more," 28 Aug. 2020 More soldiers, according to History.com, were dying of infectious diseases like typhoid and cholera than of battle wounds. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday With Exhibit Featuring Her Famed Lamp, Pet Owl," 6 Mar. 2020 Thoby Stephen, Virginia’s eldest brother, had been infected with typhoid. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, "How Virginia Woolf Kept Her Brother Alive in Letters," 8 July 2020 More recently, vaccines for malaria, cholera, and typhoid have been approved that would likely have been impossible without the use of challenge trials. Josh Morrison, STAT, "Challenge trials can speed development of a Covid-19 vaccine. Planning for them needs to start now," 28 May 2020 Asongwe qualified as a nurse in 2015 and spent years working in Cameroonian hospitals, aiding the recovery of malaria and typhoid patients and working in surgical wards. Charlotte Mcdonald-gibson, Time, "Healthcare Workers From Refugee Backgrounds Want to Help Fight COVID-19. One Man's Journey Shows How That Might Be Possible," 28 Apr. 2020 Anne and her older sister, Margot, died of typhoid in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at ages 15 and 19, respectively. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why the Anne Frank House Is Reimagining the Young Diarist as a Vlogger," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His academic research partner, the medical historian Howard Markel, had written a book about the mistreatment of Jewish immigrants in New York during cholera and typhoid outbreaks in 1892. Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the Fall of the CDC," 16 Oct. 2020 His academic research partner, the medical historian Howard Markel, had written a book about the mistreatment of Jewish immigrants in New York during cholera and typhoid outbreaks in 1892. James Bandler, ProPublica, "Inside the Fall of the CDC," 15 Oct. 2020 The fear of cyclically recurring cholera, typhoid and yellow fever, which killed tens of thousands of city dwellers, was a key factor in baseball’s early growth. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "An Essential Sport: Two Books on Baseball," 2 Oct. 2020 In the early 20th century, Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary), an asymptomatic typhoid carrier who worked as a cook, infected >50 persons. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Was Trump's Indoor Rally a Superspreader Event?," 15 Sep. 2020 When studying in Paris, Gerhard had examined the bodies of typhoid patients, both before and after death. Timothy Kent Holliday, Smithsonian Magazine, "What an 1836 Typhus Outbreak Taught the Medical World About Epidemics," 21 Apr. 2020 Experts have identified only one remaining oral antibiotic — azithromycin — to combat it; one more genetic mutation could make typhoid untreatable in some areas. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak," 13 Apr. 2018 The mudslide has had a direct effect on Freetown’s water infrastructure, as residents lack access to clean drinking water and proper toilet facilities, which could lead to malaria, cholera, and typhoid outbreaks. Ivie Ani, Teen Vogue, "Sierra Leone Mudslide Recovery Needs the World's Attention," 22 Sep. 2017 The results of which didn’t look much different from typhoid fever, cholera and scarlet fever, some of the scourges of the era. Rob Lowman, Orange County Register, "How a ‘Downton Abbey’ star embraced killer role in ‘Dark Angel’," 23 May 2017

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First Known Use of typhoid


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typhoid


New Latin typhus

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27 Oct 2020

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“Typhoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoid. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of typhoid

medical : a serious disease that is passed from one person to another in dirty food or water


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Medical Definition of typhoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of typhus
2 : of, relating to, affected with, or constituting typhoid fever



Medical Definition of typhoid (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : any of several diseases of domestic animals resembling human typhus or typhoid fever

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