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yellow fever

noun, Pathology.
an acute, often fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates, caused by an RNA virus transmitted by a mosquito, especially Aedes aegypti, and characterized by liver damage and jaundice.
Also called yellow jack.
Origin of yellow fever
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It is no wonder that the plague of yellow fever has for centuries stalked remorselessly in its midst.

    On the Mexican Highlands William Seymour Edwards
  • To save them from yellow fever, nature gave them pigment and lost them friends.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • Suppose it turns out that clear, cool water may be polluted with cholera, or yellow fever, or other deadly germs?

    Heart and Soul Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  • The thought occurred to him that it might be the yellow fever.

    John Deane of Nottingham W.H.G. Kingston
  • On the day before a member of the tiny European colony there had died of yellow fever, and all the flags were at half-mast.

British Dictionary definitions for yellow fever

yellow fever

an acute infectious disease of tropical and subtropical climates, characterized by fever, haemorrhages, vomiting of blood, and jaundice: caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of a female mosquito of the species Aedes aegypti Also called yellow jack, black vomit
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yellow fever in Medicine

yellow fever n.
An infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes, especially A. aegypti, and Haemagogus and characterized by high fever, jaundice, and vomit that is dark in color as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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yellow fever in Science
yellow fever
A life-threatening infectious disease caused by a virus of the genus Flavivirus and characterized by fever, jaundice, and internal bleeding. Yellow fever occurs mainly in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America and is transmitted by mosquitoes.
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