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yellow fever

noun Pathology.
  1. an acute, often fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates, caused by an RNA virus transmitted by a mosquito, especially Aedes aegypti, and characterized by liver damage and jaundice.
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Origin of yellow fever

First recorded in 1730–40
Also called yellow jack.
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Examples from the Web for yellow fever

Historical Examples of yellow fever

  • The rest, with her commander, were below, deathly sick with yellow-fever.

    The Naval History of the United States

    Willis J. Abbot.

  • There is no cholera, no yellow-fever, no small-pox more contagious than debt.

    Framley Parsonage

    Anthony Trollope

  • The prophylaxis of yellow-fever is suggested by means of static electricity.

    Makers of Electricity

    Brother Potamian

  • There is one ship in the harbor that has yellow-fever on board—that is all.

  • Mere contact with the clothing, &c., of yellow-fever patients was proved to be no source of infection.

British Dictionary definitions for yellow fever

yellow fever

  1. an acute infectious disease of tropical and subtropical climates, characterized by fever, haemorrhages, vomiting of blood, and jaundice: caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of a female mosquito of the species Aedes aegyptiAlso called: yellow jack, black vomit
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yellow fever in Medicine

yellow fever

  1. An infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes, especially A. aegypti and Haemagogus, and characterized by high fever, jaundice, and vomit that is dark in color as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.
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yellow fever in Science

yellow fever

  1. A life-threatening infectious disease caused by a virus of the genus Flavivirus and characterized by fever, jaundice, and internal bleeding. Yellow fever occurs mainly in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America and is transmitted by mosquitoes.
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