a serious, sometimes fatal, infection with the bacterial toxin Yersinia pestis, transmitted by fleas from infected rodents and characterized by high fever, weakness, and the formation of buboes, especially in the groin and armpits.
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Origin of bubonic plague
First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for bubonic plague
an acute infectious febrile disease characterized by chills, prostration, delirium, and formation of buboes: caused by the bite of a rat flea infected with the bacterium Yersinia pestisSee also plague
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Medicine definitions for bubonic plague
A contagious, often fatal epidemic disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted from person to person or by the bite of fleas from an infected host, especially a rat, and characterized by chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and the formation of buboes.
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Science definitions for bubonic plague
[ bōō-bŏn′ĭk ]
See under plague.
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Culture definitions for bubonic plague
[ (byooh-bon-ik, booh-bon-ik playg) ]
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