Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medicine, a morbid condition induced by the crowding together of sick persons under one roof, or even of persons not suffering from disease.
- n. medicine Crowd-poisoning; a disease occasioned or aggravated by overcrowding, especially due to lack of ventilation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A general morbid condition induced by the crowding together of many persons, esp. sick persons, under one roof.
- From Ancient Greek ὄχλος (okhlos, "multitude, crowd"). (Wiktionary)
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