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sweating sickness

a febrile epidemic disease that appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries: characterized by profuse sweating and frequently fatal in a few hours.
Origin of sweating sickness
1495-1505 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • What if the sweating-sickness, emphatically called the English disease, were to show itself again?

    Colloquies on Society Robert Southey
  • It was not the Black Death or the boil-pest, but the English "sweating-sickness."

    Historical Miniatures August Strindberg
  • It had some of the sweating-sickness symptoms, but was distinct from it in other respects.

    For the Faith Evelyn Everett-Green
  • To one of those ancient scourges of the population, the sweating-sickness, Dame Bunsby succumbed.

British Dictionary definitions for sweating-sickness

sweating sickness

the nontechnical name for miliary fever
an acute infectious febrile disease that was widespread in Europe during the late 15th century, characterized by profuse sweating
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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