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sleeping sickness

noun, Pathology
1.
Also called African sleeping sickness, African trypanosomiasis. a generally fatal disease, common in parts of Africa, characterized by fever, wasting, and progressive lethargy: caused by a parasitic protozoan, Trypanosoma gambiense or T. rhodesiense, that is carried by a tsetse fly, Glossina palpalis.
2.
Also called epidemic encephalitis, lethargic encephalitis. a viral disease affecting the brain, characterized by apathy, sleepiness, extreme muscular weakness, and impairment of vision.
Also, British, sleepy sickness.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for sleeping sickness

sleeping sickness

noun
1.
Also called African sleeping sickness. an African disease caused by infection with protozoans of the genus Trypanosoma, characterized by fever, wasting, and sluggishness
2.
Also called (esp formerly) sleepy sickness. an epidemic viral form of encephalitis characterized by extreme drowsiness Technical name encephalitis lethargica
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sleeping sickness in Medicine

sleeping sickness n.
See encephalitis lethargica.

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sleeping sickness in Science
sleeping sickness
  (slē'pĭng)   
  1. An often fatal protozoan infection prevalent in tropical Africa, caused by either of two trypanosomes spread by the bite of the tsetse fly and characterized by fever and extreme lethargy.

  2. Encephalitis that is caused by any of various viruses and is characterized by lethargy and extreme muscular weakness.


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