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[deng-gey, -gee] /ˈdɛŋ geɪ, -gi/
noun, Pathology
an infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usually epidemic, characterized especially by severe pains in the joints and muscles.
Also called dengue fever.
Origin of dengue
1820-30, Americanism; < American Spanish Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dengue
  • Stagnant puddles buzzing with dengue-spreading mosquitoes.
  • From early on the company embarked on vigorous research projects to conquer tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue fever.
  • dengue is a recurring disease that has been afflicting the city for the past decades.
  • The aim is to enable a quick response to any outbreak of avian flu, cholera, malaria or dengue fever.
  • In its early stages it can be mistaken for the flu, and in the more severe later stage it can mimic dengue fever.
  • She knows she's had dengue fever once, though, and she won't likely forget being attacked by bandits at a train station.
  • Irons' family said he was suffering from dengue fever, a viral illness transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical climates.
  • dengue fever can cause internal bleeding, which may be life-threatening.
  • These mosquitoes transport many diseases and viruses that include malaria and dengue fever.
  • Occasionally there will be an outbreak of dengue fever, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
British Dictionary definitions for dengue


an acute viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by headache, fever, pains in the joints, and skin rash Also called breakbone fever
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, probably of African origin; compare Swahili kidinga
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Word Origin and History for dengue

1828, from West Indian Spanish dengue, from an African source, perhaps Swahili dinga "seizure, cramp," form influenced by Spanish dengue "prudery" (perhaps because sufferers walk stiffly and erect due to painful joints). The disease is African, introduced to the West Indies 1827.

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dengue in Medicine

dengue den·gue (děng'gē, -gā)
An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain. Also called breakbone fever, dandy fever.

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dengue in Science
  (děng'gē, -gā)   
An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by any of several viruses of the genus Flavivirus. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.
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