from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An acute, highly infectious disease caused by a bacillus (Salmonella typhi) transmitted chiefly by contaminated food or water and characterized by high fever, headache, coughing, intestinal hemorrhaging, and rose-colored spots on the skin. Also called enteric fever.
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- n. An illness caused by the bacterium Salmonella typhi. Not to be confused with typhus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a disease formerly confounded with typhus, but essentially different from the latter. It is characterized by fever, lasting usually three or more weeks, diarrhæa with evacuations resembling pea soup in appearance, and prostration and muscular debility, gradually increasing and often becoming profound at the acme of the disease. Its local lesions are a scanty eruption of spots, resembling flea bites, on the belly, enlargement of the spleen, and ulceration of the intestines over the areas occupied by Peyer's glands. The virus, or contagion, of this fever is supposed to be a microscopic vegetable organism, or bacterium. Called also enteric fever. See Peyer's glands.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. serious infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration; caused by Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or water
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