feline distemper

distemper1 ( def 1c ).
Also called feline agranulocytosis, feline infectious enteritis, feline panleukopenia.


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1 [dis-tem-per]
Veterinary Pathology.
Also called canine distemper. an infectious disease chiefly of young dogs, caused by an unidentified virus and characterized by lethargy, fever, catarrh, photophobia, and vomiting.
Also called colt distemper, equine distemper, strangles. an infectious disease of horses, caused by the bacillus Streptococcus equi and characterized by catarrh of the upper air passages and the formation of pus in the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands.
Also called cat distemper, feline agranulocytosis, feline distemper, feline infectious enteritis, feline panleukopenia. a usually fatal viral disease of cats, characterized by fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, leading to severe dehydration.
a deranged condition of mind or body; a disorder or disease: a feverish distemper.
disorder or disturbance, especially of a political nature.
verb (used with object)
Obsolete. to derange physically or mentally.

1300–50; Middle English distemp(e)ren, destempren (v.) (< Middle French destemprer) < Medieval Latin distemperāre, equivalent to Latin dis- dis-1 + temperāre to temper

distemperedly, adverb
distemperedness, noun
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distemper1 (dɪsˈtɛmpə)
1.  hard pad See also strangles any of various infectious diseases of animals, esp canine distemper, a highly contagious viral disease of dogs, characterized initially by high fever and a discharge from the nose and eyes
2.  archaic
 a.  a disease or disorder
 b.  disturbance
 c.  discontent
3.  archaic (tr) to disturb
[C14: from Late Latin distemperāre to derange the health of, from Latin dis-1 + temperāre to mix in correct proportions]

distemper2 (dɪsˈtɛmpə)
1.  a technique of painting in which the pigments are mixed with water, glue, size, etc, used for poster, mural, and scene painting
2.  the paint used in this technique or any of various water-based paints, including, in Britain, whitewash
3.  (tr) to mix (pigments) with water and size
4.  to paint (something) with distemper
[C14: from Medieval Latin distemperāre to soak, from Latin dis-1 + temperāre to mingle]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c. (v.), 1550s (n.), from L. distemperare "vex, make ill," lit. "upset the proper balance of bodily humors," from dis- "un-, not" + temperare "mingle in the proper proportion" (see temper). Related: Distempered.
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distemper dis·tem·per (dĭs-těm'pər)

  1. An infectious viral disease occurring in dogs, characterized by loss of appetite, a catarrhal discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, partial paralysis, and sometimes death.

  2. A similar viral disease of cats characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death.

  3. Any of various similar mammalian diseases.

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distemper   (dĭs-těm'pər)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. An infectious disease occurring especially in dogs, caused by the canine distemper virus of the genus Morbillivirus. It is characterized by loss of appetite, a discharge from the eyes and nose, vomiting, fever, lethargy, partial paralysis caused by destruction of myelinated nerve tissue, and sometimes death.

  2. An infectious disease of cats caused by the feline panleukopenia virus of the genus Parvovirus, characterized by fever, vomiting, diarrhea leading to dehydration, and sometimes death.

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