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Insidious

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US ...


When:

Lookups spiked on October 8, 2014.

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Why:

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, died of the disease in Texas. A hospital spokesperson said, "Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola."

When used to describe a disease, insidious means "developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent." In more general contexts, it means "having a gradual and cumulative effect" or "subtle."

It comes from the Latin word meaning "cunning" or "deceitful" and is related the Latin word for "ambush."

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