from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and transmitted by body lice.
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- noun medicine an
acute infectious disease, caused by the microorganismRickettsia quintana and transmittedby the lousePediculus humanus, that affected very many soldiersduring World War I.
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- noun marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by lice
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches.]
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