Definition of


  1. (noun, state) rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever

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Synonyms of Typhus

typhus fever

Alternate forms of Typhus

Hyponyms: endemic typhus, murine typhus, rat typhus, urban typhus

Hypernyms: rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis

Origin of the word Typhus

  1. acute infectious fever, 1785, from Mod.L. (De Sauvages, 1759), from Gk. typhos "stupor caused by fever," lit. "smoke," from typhein "to smoke," related to typhos "blind," typhon "whirlwind," ult. origin unknown. The disease so called from the prostration that it causes. more

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