[byoo-bon-ik, boo-]

adjective Pathology.

of or relating to a bubo.
accompanied by or affected with buboes.

Origin of bubonic

1870–75; < Late Latin būbōn- (stem of būbō) bubo + -ic
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Contemporary Examples of bubonic

Historical Examples of bubonic

  • I think he is taking home the bacilli of the bubonic plague as a present to our country.

  • But though on that evening a basso did bleat, it may be that he was not bubonic.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Shanghai, as I write this, is just recovering from a bubonic plague scare.

  • A hundred years before my time there was the bubonic plague.

  • At this place a report of bubonic plague, in Brazil, reached us.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

Word Origin and History for bubonic

"characterized by swelling in the groin," by 1795, from Latin bubo (genitive bubonis) "swelling of lymph glands" (in the groin), from Greek boubon "the groin; swelling in the groin" + -ic. Bubonic plague attested by 1827.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bubonic in Medicine




Of or relating to a bubo.
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