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)

Examples of typhoid fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mining camps and boomtowns were cesspools rife with cholera, meningitis, typhoid fever, venereal diseases and scurvy, among many other maladies. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2022 The gesture was a tribute to their only son, Leland Jr., who died of typhoid fever at age 15. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2022 Also, pasteurization will kill the bacteria that cause various illnesses, including listeriosis, salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, diphtheria, and brucellosis. Chris Smith, BGR, 17 May 2022 Scientists believe typhoid fever from Salmonella may have been what killed Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, 15 Feb. 2022 Researchers have found that Mallon unknowingly carried the bacterium Salmonella typhi, which causes typhoid fever. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions led to outbreaks of typhus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and dysentery. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 1 Mar. 2022 Barton led the agency for the next 23 years, aiding countless victims of floods, hurricanes, tidal waves and typhoid fever, as well as those wounded in the Spanish-American War. Kate Bolick, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 As the whole world now knows, 15-year-old Anne Frank died (likely of typhoid fever) a day after her older sister, Margot, at the Bergen-Belsen death camp between February and April 1945. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 4 Jul. 2022.

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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)

More from Merriam-Webster on typhoid fever

Nglish: Translation of typhoid fever for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about typhoid fever


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