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trench fever

noun, Pathology
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
1910-15 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for trench fever
  • In rare cases, body lice may carry uncommon diseases, such as relapsing or trench fever.
  • Epidemics of typhus, trench fever, and louse-borne relapsing fever have been caused by body lice.
  • The three diseases transmitted by body lice are epidemic typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever.
British Dictionary definitions for trench fever

trench fever

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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