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swamp fever

noun, Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
Also called infectious anemia of horses. an equine viral disease characterized by weakness and recurring fever, transmitted by contaminated food and water.
Origin of swamp fever
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for swamp fever
Historical Examples
  • The latter has been cured, at the home of Yerecé, of swamp fever.

    Brazilian Tales Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Almost everybody leaves the place in summer, for mosquitoes hold sway, while sickness and swamp fever are prevalent.

    The Forged Note Oscar Micheaux
  • Here he lingered a year, making an excursion into Arkansas, and on his return, was stricken with swamp fever.

  • Our preparations were delayed by Aunt Judy falling sick of swamp fever.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana

    George Washington Cable
  • Three days later Sheldon caught one of the boys, helpless from swamp fever, and unable to fight or run away.

    Adventure Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for swamp fever

swamp fever

Also called equine infectious anaemia. a viral disease of horses characterized by recurring fever, staggering gait, and general debility
(US) another name for malaria
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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swamp fever in Medicine

swamp fever n.
See malaria.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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