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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for trench-fever
Historical Examples
  • In my ambulance there are two leg-cases with most theatrical bandages, and one case of trench-fever.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • We're immensely merry—all except the trench-fever case who has conceived an immense sorrow for himself.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • There were also many victims of the prevailing epidemics of trench-fever and rabid influenza.

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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