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yellow fever

noun, Pathology
1.
an acute, often fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates, caused by an RNA virus transmitted by a mosquito, especially Aedes aegypti, and characterized by liver damage and jaundice.
Also called yellow jack.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40
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British Dictionary definitions for yellow fever

yellow fever

noun
1.
an acute infectious disease of tropical and subtropical climates, characterized by fever, haemorrhages, vomiting of blood, and jaundice: caused by a virus transmitted by the bite of a female mosquito of the species Aedes aegypti Also called yellow jack, black vomit
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yellow fever in Medicine

yellow fever n.
An infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes, especially A. aegypti, and Haemagogus and characterized by high fever, jaundice, and vomit that is dark in color as a result of gastrointestinal hemorrhaging.

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yellow fever in Science
yellow fever
  (yěl'ō)   
A life-threatening infectious disease caused by a virus of the genus Flavivirus and characterized by fever, jaundice, and internal bleeding. Yellow fever occurs mainly in tropical regions of Africa and Latin America and is transmitted by mosquitoes.
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