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trench fever

noun Pathology.
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for trench fever

Historical Examples

  • We're immensely merry—all except the trench-fever case who has conceived an immense sorrow for himself.

    The Glory of the Trenches

    Coningsby Dawson

  • In my ambulance there are two leg-cases with most theatrical bandages, and one case of trench-fever.

  • There were also many victims of the prevailing epidemics of trench-fever and rabid influenza.

British Dictionary definitions for trench fever

trench fever

  1. 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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trench fever in Medicine

trench fever

  1. 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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