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flu

[floo] /flu/
noun
1.
2.
a specific variety of influenza, usually named for its point of dissemination or its animal vector:
Hong Kong flu; swine flu.
Origin of flu
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; shortened form
Can be confused
flew, flu, flue.
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  • Then he was taken down with the 'flu' and had to give up study.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I wish some of those fellows with the flu could have you to look after them.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • If he were on Earth, he would be certain it was the flu; in the Centaurus system, kranken.

    Bolden's Pets F. L. Wallace
  • If he hadn't gone with the flu, that ranch'd been paid for in another year.

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • "Was sure I was coming down with the flu," Clavering mumbled.

    Black Oxen

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for flu

flu

/fluː/
noun (informal)
1.
the flu, short for influenza
2.
any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
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Word Origin and History for flu
n.

1839, flue, shortening of influenza. Spelling flu attested from 1893. For choice of middle syllable, not a common method of shortening in English, Weekley compares tec for detective, scrip for subscription.

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flu in Medicine

flu (flōō)
n.
Influenza.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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flu in Science
flu
  (fl)   
See influenza.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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