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hog cholera

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noun Veterinary Pathology.
  1. an acute, usually fatal, highly contagious disease of swine caused by an RNA virus of the genus Pestivirus, characterized by high fever, lack of appetite, diarrhea, and lethargy.
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Origin of hog cholera

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
Also called swine fever.
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Examples from the Web for hog cholera

Historical Examples

  • Why not hog-cholera from farm to farm by flies, English sparrows, pigeons feeding, or by turkey buzzards?

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • The gall-bladder in man is known to harbor colon and typhoid bacilli, as that of hog-cholera hogs does the virus of this disease.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • In many cases of hog-cholera, mixed infections in the lungs and in the intestines are common.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology

    Charles Bradfield Morrey

  • It may be that hog-cholera is epidemic here the year 'round, just as San Jos scale kills all the apple trees.

  • Most of the organisms are apparently related to the colon, typhoid or hog-cholera groups.

    Plague

    Thomas Wright Jackson


British Dictionary definitions for hog cholera

hog cholera

noun
  1. the US term for swine fever
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