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sweating sickness

a febrile epidemic disease that appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries: characterized by profuse sweating and frequently fatal in a few hours.
1495-1505 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sweating sickness

sweating sickness

the nontechnical name for miliary fever
an acute infectious febrile disease that was widespread in Europe during the late 15th century, characterized by profuse sweating
a disease of cattle, esp calves, prevalent in southern Africa. Transmitted by ticks, it is characterized by sweating, hair loss, and inflammation of the mouth and eyes
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Encyclopedia Article for sweating sickness

a disease of unknown cause that appeared in England as an epidemic on six occasions-in 1485, 1506, 1517, 1528, 1551, and 1578. It was confined to England, except in 1528-29, when it spread to the European continent, appearing in Hamburg and passing northward to Scandinavia and eastward to Lithuania, Poland, and Russia; the Netherlands also were involved, but the disease did not spread to France or Italy

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