typhus

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noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

Definition of typhus

  1. :  any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsias: such asa :  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 rashb :  murine typhusc :  scrub typhus

Origin and Etymology of typhus

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


First Known Use: 1785


TYPHUS Defined for English Language Learners

typhus

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noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

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

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noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

Definition of typhus for Students

  1. :  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

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noun ty·phus \ˈtī-fəs\

Medical Definition of typhus

  1. :  any of various bacterial diseases caused by rickettsial bacteria: asa:  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 typhusb:  murine typhusc:  scrub typhus



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