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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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typhoid fever

an acute infectious disease characterized by high fever, rose-coloured spots on the chest or abdomen, abdominal pain, and occasionally intestinal bleeding. It is caused by the bacillus Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or water Also called enteric fever
Word Origin
C19: from typhus + -oid; so called because the symptoms resemble those of typhus


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



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.

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typhoid fever in Medicine

typhoid fever n.
An acute infectious disease caused by Salmonella typhi and characterized by a continued fever, physical and mental depression, an eruption of rose-colored spots on the chest and abdomen, tympanites, and diarrhea. Also called enteric fever.

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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typhoid fever in Science
typhoid fever
A life-threatening infectious disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi and transmitted through contaminated food and water. It is characterized by high fever, intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, and skin rash.
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typhoid fever in Culture
typhoid fever [(teye-foyd)]

An acute and highly contagious disease transmitted by food or water contaminated with a kind of bacterium. The disease, which is often fatal, is characterized by high fever, pain in the abdomen, and bleeding in the intestines.

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