Origin of influenza
Related formsin·flu·en·zal, adjectivein·flu·en·za·like, adjectivepost·in·flu·en·zal, adjective
Examples from the Web for influenza
With enough changing of the influenza RNA over time, the vaccine no longer provokes the “right” immune response.
Though this too is debatable given that 25,000 to 40,000 people a year die of influenza—the vast majority of them unvaccinated.
These new cases, both real and merely suspected, are coming right as we approach the cusp of influenza season.
Then the researchers checked for blood levels of influenza antibodies a month later.
In 2009 nearly all influenza cases were caused by the pandemic H1N1 virus, driving the previously dominant H3N2 underground.Flu Fears: The Race Between Pandemic Viruses and a Universal Vaccine|John M. Barry|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The same day, November 4th, another battery member was claimed in death by Influenza.The Delta of the Triple Elevens|William Elmer Bachman
Mrs. Toomer's got influenza again—luckily, so of course we shall be just twelve.
I have not had the influenza, though here are its headquarters,—unless 92 my first week's cold was it.The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters|Henry David Thoreau
On account of the war and influenza in the fall of 1918, the show sought refuge in Bridgeport, a calamity in Ringlingville.Baraboo, Dells, and Devil's Lake Region|H. E. Cole
Luxations attending some cases of influenza recover promptly when subjects are kept comfortably confined in roomy box-stalls.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix
British Dictionary definitions for influenza
Derived Formsinfluenzal, adjective
Word Origin for influenza
Medicine definitions for influenza
Related formsin′flu•en′zal adj.
Science definitions for influenza
Since ancient times, influenza has periodically swept the world. Until recently, people could not tell how this illness, which we call the flu, could spread so widely. Before people knew that organisms cause disease, they thought the stars influenced the spread of influenza. Influenza comes ultimately from the Latin word influentia, meaning influence of the stars. Today, however, the stars are no longer blamed for the flu. Inhaling influenza viruses causes the spread of the illness.
Culture definitions for influenza
Commonly called the flu; an acute and infectious disease of the respiratory system caused by a virus and characterized by fever, muscle pain, headache, and inflammation of the mucous membranes in the respiratory tract.