- Pathology. an acute, commonly epidemic disease, occurring in several forms, caused by numerous rapidly mutating viral strains and characterized by respiratory symptoms and general prostration.Compare flu.
- Veterinary Pathology. an acute, contagious disease occurring in horses and swine, characterized by fever, depression, and catarrhal inflammations of the eyes, nasal passages, and bronchi, and caused by a virus.
Origin of influenza
Related Words for influenzainvasion, scourge, contagion, pandemic, epidemic, curse, infection, outbreak, influenza, infestation, pestilence, ravage, rash, affliction, hydra
Examples from the Web for influenza
Contemporary Examples of 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.Parents’ Ebola Panic Is Taking Over My Clinic
October 15, 2014
Then the researchers checked for blood levels of influenza antibodies a month later.Run for Your Lives
January 17, 2013
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
Historical Examples of influenza
The lucky alarm of an influenza decided what might not have been decided quite so soon.Lady Susan
"Measles—or influenza," he said, with a pursing of the lips.Nell, of Shorne Mills
The result is colds, pneumonia, influenza—eventually tuberculosis.The World in Chains
I was told you had influenza, or cold: but I suppose that is all over by this time.Letters of Edward FitzGerald
When Jones has the influenza, Brown dutifully catches cold in the head.The Jest Book
- a highly contagious and often epidemic viral disease characterized by fever, prostration, muscular aches and pains, and inflammation of the respiratory passagesAlso called: grippe, informal flu
Word Origin for influenza
Word Origin and History for influenza
1743, borrowed during an outbreak of the disease in Europe, from Italian influenza "influenza, epidemic," originally "visitation, influence (of the stars)," from Medieval Latin influentia (see influence). Used in Italian for diseases since at least 1504 (cf. influenza di febbre scarlattina "scarlet fever") on notion of astral or occult influence. The 1743 outbreak began in Italy. Often applied since mid-19c. to severe colds.
- An acute contagious viral infection, commonly occurring in epidemics or pandemics, and characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by the sudden onset, fever, chills, muscular pain, headache, and severe prostration.grippe
- A highly contagious infectious disease that is caused by any of various viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae and is characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and muscle pain. It commonly occurs in epidemics, one of which killed 20 million people between 1917 and 1919.
Word History: 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.