a recurrent fever, often suffered by soldiers in trenches in World War I, caused by a rickettsia transmitted by the body louse.
Origin of trench fever
First recorded in 1910–15
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Historical Examples of trench fever
In my ambulance there are two leg-cases with most theatrical bandages, and one case of trench-fever.
We're immensely merry—all except the trench-fever case who has conceived an immense sorrow for himself.
There were also many victims of the prevailing epidemics of trench-fever and rabid influenza.
British Dictionary definitions for trench fever
an acute infectious disease characterized by fever and muscular aches and pains, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the bite of a body louse
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An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana, and transmitted by the louse Pediculus humanus.
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