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[tahy-foid] /ˈtaɪ fɔɪd/ Pathology
Also called typhoid fever. an infectious, often fatal, febrile disease, usually of the summer months, characterized by intestinal inflammation and ulceration, caused by the typhoid bacillus, which is usually introduced with food or drink.
resembling typhus; typhous.
Origin of typhoid
First recorded in 1790-1800; typh(us) + -oid
Related forms
antityphoid, adjective
pretyphoid, adjective Unabridged
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  • When I last wrote, on the Somme in 1915, I was sickening with typhoid fever.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • The doctor pronounced it typhoid and he was with us for nine weeks.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I was passing on my way to see a poor labourer with typhoid.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • And did not he die of typhoid within two weeks of committing that foolishness?

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • typhoid and malarial cases, sent in from the lines, were also here in abundance.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • He said there was almost, or in fact, no smallpox, and there was comparatively no typhoid.

    A Journey Through France in War Time Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for typhoid


resembling typhus
short for typhoid fever
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Word Origin and History for typhoid

1800, literally "resembling typhus," from typhus + suffix from Greek -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid). The noun is from 1861, a shortened form of typhoid fever (1845), so called because it was originally thought to be a variety of typhus. Typhoid Mary (1909) was Mary Mallon (d.1938), a typhoid carrier who worked as a cook and became notorious after it was learned she had unwittingly infected hundreds in U.S.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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typhoid in Medicine

typhoid ty·phoid (tī'foid')
Typhoid fever. adj. ty·phoi·dal (tī-foid'l)
Of, relating to, or resembling typhoid fever.

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