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noun Pathology.
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

bubonic plague

noun
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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Scientific definitions for bubonic plague

bubonic plague
[ bōō-bŏnĭk ]

See under plague.
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Cultural definitions for bubonic plague

bubonic plague
[ (byooh-bon-ik, booh-bon-ik playg) ]

A highly contagious disease, usually fatal, affecting the lymphatic system. The bubonic plague is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans by rat-borne fleas.

notes for bubonic plague

From 1347 to 1351, a disease known as the Black Death, similar to the bubonic plague, entered Europe from Asia and killed a large percentage of the population, sometimes wiping out entire towns. It caused widespread social changes in Europe.
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