typhoid fever


Definition of typhoid fever

: a communicable disease marked especially by fever, diarrhea, prostration, headache, and intestinal inflammation and caused by a bacterium (Salmonella typhi)

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Recent Examples on the Web She’s buried beside her mother, Mary Blewett Matthews, who died of typhoid fever 11 years before Alice. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Flour packer's brutal 1912 Minneapolis murder still unsolved," 17 Oct. 2020 Instantly recognizable among the images are those of Abraham Lincoln, whose bond with his young son Thaddeus only became stronger after another son, Willie, died suddenly of typhoid fever three years earlier. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Bonds of Fatherhood Across Time and Culture," 18 June 2020 Outbreaks of typhoid fever and measles took a tremendous toll on the soldiers. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Yesteryears: ‘Ripe for the picking': Contagious diseases nothing new to Carroll County," 8 Aug. 2020 Some troops were suffering from malaria, typhoid fever, or smallpox, so their superiors had moved many of them to locations that were less swampy and mosquito-ridden. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Harriet Tubman’s Heroic Military Career Is Now Easier to Envision," 8 June 2020 Born in 1891, to Methodist missionaries from Iowa, Albright suffered from extreme myopia—likely the result of typhoid fever in infancy—and a left hand that had been mangled in a farming accident. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Willie Lincoln died in 1862, at age 11, presumably from typhoid fever. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: A 1964 conspiracy theory misrepresents Lincoln and Kennedy's similarities," 7 June 2020 Another instance was recorded in 1900, when Scottish surgeon Sir Alexander Ogston (discoverer of Staphylococcus) succumbed to a bout of typhoid fever. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Near-Death Experiences Reveal about the Brain," 19 May 2020 Writing in 1903, pathologists described the same phenomenon in typhoid fever. Roxanne Khamsi, Wired, "Covid-19's Scary Blood Clots Aren't That Surprising," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of typhoid fever

1829, in the meaning defined above

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“Typhoid fever.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typhoid%20fever. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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Kids Definition of typhoid fever

: a disease that spreads through contaminated food and water and in which there is fever, diarrhea, and great weakness

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Medical Definition of typhoid fever

: a communicable disease marked by fever, diarrhea, prostration, headache, splenomegaly, eruption of rose-colored spots, leukopenia, and intestinal inflammation and caused by a bacterium of the genus Salmonella (S. typhi)

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