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Meaning of TYPHUS

Pronunciation:  'tIfus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever

TYPHUS is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: typhus fever
 See Also: endemic typhus, murine typhus, rat typhus, rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis, urban typhus



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ty"phus\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? smoke, cloud, stupor
arising from fever; akin to ? to smoke, Skr. dh?pa smoke.]
A contagious continued fever lasting from two to three weeks,
attended with great prostration and cerebral disorder, and
marked by a copious eruption of red spots upon the body. Also
called {jail fever}, {famine fever}, {putrid fever},
{spottled fever}, etc. See {Jail fever}, under {Jail}.