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noun Pathology.
a recurrent fever, often suffered by soldiers in trenches in World War I, caused by a rickettsia transmitted by the body louse.
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Origin of trench fever

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for trench fever

trench fever

noun
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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Medical definitions for trench fever

trench fever
[ trĕnch ]

n.
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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