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

b : murine typhus

c : scrub typhus

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Frank, whose wartime diary became one of the most famous pieces of Holocaust documentation, died in March 1945 during a typhus epidemic at the camp. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Gena Turgel, Holocaust Survivor With a Love Story, Dies at 95," 13 June 2018 Among other things, Vogt attacked DDT, a new pesticide that the United States had used in World War II to halt a typhus epidemic. BostonGlobe.com, "Biographies highlight some key figures in environmentalism," 27 Apr. 2018 Among the names read Wednesday night was that of Margot Frank, the sister of Anne Frank, who died of typhus at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Never Forget: Farmington Valley Jewish Community Honors Victims Of Holocaust," 12 Apr. 2018 Sick with typhus, she was sent to Sweden to recover, and then went to Belgium to live with an aunt. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Gussie Zaks, 92, spent decades sharing Holocaust experiences with students and others," 18 Apr. 2018 These cargo holds weren’t intended to carry passengers, and the lack of proper ventilation and sanitation meant that outbreaks of typhus, cholera and other fatal diseases were common. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, "Lessons From the Rise of America’s Irish," 13 Mar. 2018 For the 10-day trip to Kenya, the family had to be immunized for yellow fever, typhus and malaria and cover all their own expenses. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Bay Village mayor's daughters reminisce about their trip to Kenya," 31 Dec. 2017 Tesch & Stabenow then oversaw the shipping of the product and equipment to SS and Wehrmacht barracks, instructing the personnel about use on the proper enemy: lice, the main carriers of typhus. Yuliya Komska, Smithsonian, "Inside the House of Zyklon B," 10 Oct. 2017 They are known to be reservoirs for such threats to humans as hantavirus, typhus and the bacterium responsible for bubonic plague. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, "Can math be used to predict an outbreak?," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of typhus

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for typhus

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

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The first known use of typhus was in 1785

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typhus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of typhus

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

noun
ty·phus | \ˈtī-fəs \

Kids Definition of typhus

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

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

b : murine typhus

c : scrub typhus

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