- an acute, infectious disease caused by several species of Rickettsia, transmitted by lice and fleas, and characterized by acute prostration, headache, and a peculiar eruption of reddish spots on the body.
Origin of typhus
Examples from the Web for typhus
In the 18th century, German immigrants coming to Pennsylvania boarded ships plagued with typhus, dysentery, smallpox, and scurvy.At Least Two ‘Border Kids’ Have Swine Flu
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
July 2, 2014
Yet those fears were borne out when, at the age of five, Allegra died of typhus.The Man Who Invented Vampires and the Creepiest Literary Gathering Ever
November 24, 2013
Victims of typhus were simply not trying hard enough to stay healthy; they allowed themselves to be overtaken by the virus.The Coming Bioattack
June 5, 2009
The campaign had almost come to a standstill owing to typhus.
And what if it should turn out the cholera, or typhus, or something as bad?The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
I judge the typhus is where the baby' slobbered on the shawl, and it's come off on him.The Little Man (From Six Short Plays)
In February he resurrected the question but that time he was put off by the typhus.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
She lasted a month or so at that—typhus, or a German shell, I don't know which.Torchy, Private Sec.
- any one of a group of acute infectious rickettsial diseases characterized by high fever, skin rash, and severe headacheAlso called: typhus fever
Word Origin and History for typhus
acute infectious fever, 1785, from Modern Latin (De Sauvages, 1759), from Greek typhos "stupor caused by fever," literally "smoke," from typhein "to smoke," related to typhos "blind," typhon "whirlwind," ultimately origin unknown. The disease so called from the prostration that it causes.
- Any of several forms of infectious disease caused by Rickettsia, especially those transmitted by fleas, lice, or mites, and characterized generally by severe headache, sustained high fever, depression, delirium, and the eruption of red rashes on the skin.camp fever prison fever
- Any of several forms of an infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Rickettsia transmitted by fleas, mites, or especially lice, and characterized by severe headache, high fever, and skin rash. Louse-born bacteria that cause typhus are especially virulent and can cause epidemics of the disease, which may be fatal in people with weakened immune systems.