flu

[floo]
noun
2.
a specific variety of influenza, usually named for its point of dissemination or its animal vector: Hong Kong flu; swine flu.

Origin:
1830–40; shortened form

flew, flu, flown, flue, fly (see synonym study at fly).
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flu (fluː)
 
n
1.  the flu short for influenza
2.  any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection

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Word Origin & History

flu
1839, shortening of influenza.
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Medical Dictionary

flu (flōō)
n.
Influenza.

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flu   (fl)  Pronunciation Key 
See influenza.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
flu
influenza
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Example sentences
The flu is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs.
Your best defense is to wash your hands often, especially during cold and flu
  season.
These could provide a three-month head start in making seasonal flu vaccines.
Vaccines being made to protect people from swine flu may not be so healthy for
  threatened species of sharks.
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