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Baghdad boil

noun Bagh·dad boil \ ˈbag-ˌdad- \

medical Definition of Baghdad boil

: oriental sore
  • Iran makes basic childhood vaccines and is struggling to make one against leishmaniasis, a sandfly-borne disease that caused the painful “Baghdad boil” that afflicted the first American troops in Iraq and, if left untreated, eventually can kill.
  • —Donald J. McNeil Jr.The New York Times20 Dec. 2011

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