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trench fever

noun, Pathology
1.
a recurrent fever, often suffered by soldiers in trenches in World War I, caused by a rickettsia transmitted by the body louse.
Origin of trench fever
1910-1915
1910-15
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  • Two new diseases have been produced by the World War,—spotted typhus and trench fever; both are carried by vermin.

    Lest We Forget John Gilbert Thompson
  • I was already touched with trench fever and was away under par.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Late in the summer I accumulated a nice little case of trench fever.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • Another (p. 141) hitherto unknown disease which developed during that season was what is commonly known as "trench fever."

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • I was in pretty bad shape; could see very little and had an attack of trench fever.

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • Of what actually occurred I know little, for I was laid low in my hut with a bout of trench fever.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
British Dictionary definitions for trench fever

trench fever

noun
1.
an acute infectious disease characterized by fever and muscular aches and pains, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the bite of a body louse
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trench fever in Medicine

trench fever n.
An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana, and transmitted by the louse Pediculus humanus.

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