typhus

noun ty·phus \ ˈtī-fəs \

Definition of typhus

:any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsias: such as
a :a severe human febrile disease that is caused by one (Rickettsia prowazekii) transmitted especially by body lice and is marked by high fever, stupor alternating with delirium, intense headache, and a dark red rash

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Origin and Etymology of typhus

New Latin, from Greek typhos fever; akin to Greek typhein to smoke — more at deaf


TYPHUS Defined for English Language Learners

typhus

noun

Definition of typhus for English Language Learners

  • medical : a serious disease that is carried by small insects that live on the bodies of people and animals and that causes high fever, headache, and a dark red rash


TYPHUS Defined for Kids

typhus

noun ty·phus \ ˈtī-fəs \

Definition of typhus for Students

:a disease spread especially by body lice and in which there is high fever, delirium, severe headache, and a dark red rash

Medical Dictionary

typhus

noun ty·phus \ ˈtī-fəs \

medical Definition of typhus

:any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsial bacteria: as
a :a severe human febrile disease that is caused by one (Rickettsia prowazekii) transmitted especially by body lice and is marked by high fever, stupor alternating with delirium, intense headache, and a dark red rash called also louse-borne typhus


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