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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.
Origin of bubonic plague
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At autopsy at San Lazaro morgue, the same day, bubonic plague was found to be present and the cause of her death.

    Plague Thomas Wright Jackson
  • Shanghai, as I write this, is just recovering from a bubonic plague scare.

  • bubonic plague, one of the most dreaded of all infectious diseases, is carried to man by fleas from rats.

    A Civic Biology George William Hunter
  • At this place a report of bubonic plague, in Brazil, reached us.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • Well, it's equally certain that there is bubonic plague here.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • "But I might give you bubonic plague," Martin said nervously.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • The epidemic would appear to have been some form of the ordinary Eastern or bubonic plague.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9) Francis Aidan Gasquet
  • The present Government of Caracuia doesn't believe in bubonic plague.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • But Rats are disseminators of bubonic plague with the aid of their special species of flea.

British Dictionary definitions for bubonic plague

bubonic 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 See also plague
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bubonic plague in Medicine

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 in Science
bubonic plague
See under plague.
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bubonic plague in Culture
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.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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