ty·​phoid | \ˈtī-ˌfȯid, (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 [ 1typhoid ] : of, relating to, or constituting typhoid

Examples of typhoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Along with flu shots, others that tend to cause stinging and soreness later are tetanus, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), pneumonia, typhoid, and some antibiotics, like penicillin, Stewart explained. Erica Sweeney, Teen Vogue, "Why Do Some Vaccines Hurt More Than Others?," 24 Oct. 2018 Musset rushed out to a brothel and there became a victim of typhoid. Benita Eisler, WSJ, "‘George Sand’ Review: Monstre Sacré," 8 June 2018 Doctors still prescribe an estimated 50 million doses of antibiotics for typhoid globally each year. Emily Baumgaertner, New York Times, "‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak," 13 Apr. 2018 Dangers in the water ranged from typhoid to viruses to pollutants. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Superstorms' sends scary hurricane warning," 21 June 2018 Cholera and typhoid, which once killed one percent of Americans each year, are now virtually unheard of in the U.S. Derek Angus, STAT, "Current efforts to fight sepsis aren’t working. We need a bolder approach," 14 June 2018 One example is the recent outbreak of antibiotic-resistant typhoid spreading in the slums of Karachi, Pakistan. Seth Berkley, STAT, "Do we keep waiting for the next pandemic or try to prevent it?," 14 June 2018 According to the press release, typhoid is still around today, infecting 200 million people per year and killing 200,000. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Legendary Sultan Saladin Was Likely Killed by Typhoid," 8 May 2018 If left unchecked, typhoid can cause internal bleeding, perforation of the gut and, in up to a fifth of cases, death. The Economist, "A strain of typhoid could become virtually untreatable," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The boy had been seriously ill, probably from typhoid fever, for more than two weeks. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, "George Saunders Gets Inside Lincoln’s Head," 13 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of typhoid

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


ty·​phoid | \ˈtī-ˌfȯid \

Kids Definition of typhoid


ty·​phoid | \ˈtī-ˌfȯid, (ˈ)tī-ˈ \

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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