- an infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usually epidemic, characterized especially by severe pains in the joints and muscles.
Origin of dengue
- an acute viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by headache, fever, pains in the joints, and skin rashAlso called: breakbone fever
Word Origin and History for dengue-fever
1828, from West Indian Spanish dengue, from an African source, perhaps Swahili dinga "seizure, cramp," form influenced by Spanish dengue "prudery" (perhaps because sufferers walk stiffly and erect due to painful joints). The disease is African, introduced to the West Indies 1827.
- An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.breakbone fever dandy fever
- 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.