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dengue

[ deng-gey, -gee ]
/ ˈdɛŋ geɪ, -gi /
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noun Pathology.
an infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usually epidemic, characterized especially by severe pains in the joints and muscles.
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Also called dengue fever.

Origin of dengue

An Americanism first recorded in 1820–30; from Latin American Spanish: literally, “prudery, affectation,” by folk etymology from Swahili -dinga, kadinga “seizure, cramp” or from another Bantu language
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British Dictionary definitions for dengue

dengue

dandy (ˈdændɪ)

/ (ˈdɛŋɡɪ) /

noun
an acute viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by headache, fever, pains in the joints, and skin rashAlso called: breakbone fever

Word Origin for dengue

C19: from Spanish, probably of African origin; compare Swahili kidinga
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Scientific definitions for dengue

dengue
[ dĕnggē, -gā ]

An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by any of several viruses of the genus Flavivirus. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.
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