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breakbone fever

[breyk-bohn]
noun Pathology.
  1. dengue.
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Origin of breakbone fever

1860–65; break + bone, so called because it makes the bones ache as if breaking at the joints
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British Dictionary definitions for breakbone fever

breakbone fever

noun
  1. another name for dengue
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breakbone fever in Medicine

breakbone fever

(brākbōn′)
n.
  1. dengue
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