typhoid fever


noun

an acute infectious disease characterized by high fever, rose-coloured spots on the chest or abdomen, abdominal pain, and occasionally intestinal bleeding. It is caused by the bacillus Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or waterAlso called: enteric fever

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Word Origin for typhoid fever

C19: from typhus + -oid; so called because the symptoms resemble those of typhus
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Medical definitions for typhoid fever

typhoid fever

n.

An acute infectious disease caused by Salmonella typhi and characterized by a continued fever, physical and mental depression, an eruption of rose-colored spots on the chest and abdomen, tympanites, and diarrhea.enteric fever
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Scientific definitions for typhoid fever

typhoid fever
[ tīfoid′ ]

A life-threatening infectious disease caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi and transmitted through contaminated food and water. It is characterized by high fever, intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, and skin rash.
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Cultural definitions for typhoid fever

typhoid fever
[ (teye-foyd) ]

An acute and highly contagious disease transmitted by food or water contaminated with a kind of bacterium. The disease, which is often fatal, is characterized by high fever, pain in the abdomen, and bleeding in the intestines.

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