swamp fever

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noun Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.

Also called infectious anemia of horses. an equine viral disease characterized by weakness and recurring fever, transmitted by contaminated food and water.

Nearby words

  1. swamp boat,
  2. swamp buggy,
  3. swamp buttonwood,
  4. swamp cabbage,
  5. swamp cypress,
  6. swamp locust,
  7. swamp mallow,
  8. swamp maple,
  9. swamp milkweed,
  10. swamp pink

Origin of swamp fever

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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Examples from the Web for swamp fever

  • It was Barrett's fault the job wasn't a clean one, an' now he picks me out to get the swamp-fever.

  • Watson's "cub pilot" he was, on the sick list, thin and weak with swamp-fever.

    Gideon's Band|George W. Cable
  • The endemic diseases of the islands are swamp-fever, diarrhœa, beri-beri, and typhoid.

    The Philippine Islands|Ramon Reyes Lala


British Dictionary definitions for swamp fever

swamp fever

noun

Also called: equine infectious anaemia a viral disease of horses characterized by recurring fever, staggering gait, and general debility
US another name for malaria
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Medicine definitions for swamp fever

swamp fever

[ swŏmp ]

n.

malaria

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