bubonic plague

noun Pathology.
a serious, sometimes fatal, infection with the bacterial toxin Yersinia pestis, transmitted by fleas from infected rodents and characterized by high fever, weakness, and the formation of buboes, especially in the groin and armpits.
Compare Black Death.


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bubonic plague
See also plague an acute infectious febrile disease characterized by chills, prostration, delirium, and formation of buboes: caused by the bite of a rat flea infected with the bacterium Yersinia pestis

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bubonic plague n.
A contagious, often fatal epidemic disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, transmitted from person to person or by the bite of fleas from an infected host, especially a rat, and characterized by chills, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and the formation of buboes.

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bubonic plague   (b-bŏn'ĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
See under plague.
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bubonic plague [(byooh-bon-ik, booh-bon-ik playg)]

A highly contagious disease, usually fatal, affecting the lymphatic system. The bubonic plague is caused by bacteria transmitted to humans by rat-borne fleas.

Note: From 1347 to 1351, a disease known as the Black Death, similar to the bubonic plague, entered Europe from Asia and killed a large percentage of the population, sometimes wiping out entire towns. It caused widespread social changes in Europe.
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Example sentences
Simple pneumonia could be as lethal as the bubonic plague.
Prevailing theory suggests that this mutation was perpetuated by the selective
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Also lurking in the background is another of the human race's great enemies:
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He was arrested nine times, deported once, and suffered bubonic plague and a
  stress fracture.
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