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[tahy-foid] /ˈtaɪ fɔɪd/ Pathology
Also called typhoid fever. an infectious, often fatal, febrile disease, usually of the summer months, characterized by intestinal inflammation and ulceration, caused by the typhoid bacillus, which is usually introduced with food or drink.
resembling typhus; typhous.
Origin of typhoid
1790-1800; typh(us) + -oid
Related forms
antityphoid, adjective
pretyphoid, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for typhoid
  • The bubbling torrent is full of fecal microorganisms responsible for typhoid, cholera and amoebic dysentery.
  • Twenty cases of typhoid fever from a single house in one year was the record that had gone unconsidered.
  • Five million people die each year from waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and dysentery.
  • typhoid is a bacterial infection spread through food, drinks and water.
  • Shots for polio, typhoid and meningitis also are recommended.
  • Update your vaccinations and consider less common vaccinations, such as typhoid or rabies, depending on your destinations.
  • Cholera, typhoid, polio and rabies pose real threats to travelers in the region without proper vaccinations.
  • They have waited for a similar experience in their own city, where an alarming epidemic of typhoid fever now prevails.
  • The attending doctor gave a certificate for typhoid fever.
  • The response to the typhoid vaccine tends to be lower in older people.
British Dictionary definitions for typhoid


resembling typhus
short for typhoid fever
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Word Origin and History for typhoid

1800, literally "resembling typhus," from typhus + suffix from Greek -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid). The noun is from 1861, a shortened form of typhoid fever (1845), so called because it was originally thought to be a variety of typhus. Typhoid Mary (1909) was Mary Mallon (d.1938), a typhoid carrier who worked as a cook and became notorious after it was learned she had unwittingly infected hundreds in U.S.

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typhoid in Medicine

typhoid ty·phoid (tī'foid')
Typhoid fever. adj. ty·phoi·dal (tī-foid'l)
Of, relating to, or resembling typhoid fever.

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