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[byoo-bon-ik, boo-] /byuˈbɒn ɪk, bu-/
adjective, Pathology.
of or relating to a bubo.
accompanied by or affected with buboes.
Origin of bubonic
1870-75; < Late Latin būbōn- (stem of būbō) bubo + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I think he is taking home the bacilli of the bubonic plague as a present to our country.

  • But though on that evening a basso did bleat, it may be that he was not bubonic.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Shanghai, as I write this, is just recovering from a bubonic plague scare.

  • A hundred years before my time there was the bubonic plague.

    The Scarlet Plague Jack London
  • At this place a report of bubonic plague, in Brazil, reached us.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • "But I might give you bubonic plague," Martin said nervously.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • It occurs in several forms, of which the bubonic and the pneumonic are the most common.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
Word Origin and History for bubonic

"characterized by swelling in the groin," by 1795, from Latin bubo (genitive bubonis) "swelling of lymph glands" (in the groin), from Greek boubon "the groin; swelling in the groin" + -ic. Bubonic plague attested by 1827.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bubonic in Medicine

bubonic bu·bon·ic (bōō-bŏn'ĭk, byōō-)
Of or relating to a bubo.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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