sweating sickness

sweating sickness

noun
a febrile epidemic disease that appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries: characterized by profuse sweating and frequently fatal in a few hours.

Origin:
1495–1505

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sweating sickness
 
n
1.  the nontechnical name for miliary fever
2.  an acute infectious febrile disease that was widespread in Europe during the late 15th century, characterized by profuse sweating
3.  a disease of cattle, esp calves, prevalent in southern Africa. Transmitted by ticks, it is characterized by sweating, hair loss, and inflammation of the mouth and eyes

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sweating sickness

a disease of unknown cause that appeared in England as an epidemic on six occasions-in 1485, 1506, 1517, 1528, 1551, and 1578. It was confined to England, except in 1528-29, when it spread to the European continent, appearing in Hamburg and passing northward to Scandinavia and eastward to Lithuania, Poland, and Russia; the Netherlands also were involved, but the disease did not spread to France or Italy

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