Definitions

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 microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the louse Pediculus humanus, that affected very many soldiers during World War I.

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  • noun marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by lice

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches.]

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