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  • n. Minor diarrhea that happens during outbreaks of cholera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The precursory symptoms of cholera.
  • n. The first stage of epidemic cholera.
  • n. A mild form of cholera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The diarrhea which commonly precedes the severe symptoms in an attack of Asiatic cholera, or which occurs during the prevalence of cholera in cases where no further symptoms are developed. These cases may be considered abortive cases of cholera.—
  • n. A name formerly used to designate the morbific agent of Asiatic cholera.

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  • Stepan Trofimovich gets "cholerine" in Pevear & Volokhonsky's translation of Dostoevsky's Demons; in the Magarshack translation, Devils, Stepan gets "gastric catarrh"—seems it's just a bad case of the nervous drizzleshits.

    October 2, 2011