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yellow fever

noun, Pathology.
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 of yellow fever
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Lazear was bitten at his work, and died in the agony of yellow-fever convulsions, a martyr and a hero if ever there was one.

    The Unspeakable Perk Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • There is no cholera, no yellow-fever, no small-pox more contagious than debt.

    Framley Parsonage Anthony Trollope
  • The same is true of yellow-fever: we have not seen with the microscope the microbe which produces it.

    More Science From an Easy Chair Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
  • The prophylaxis of yellow-fever is suggested by means of static electricity.

    Makers of Electricity Brother Potamian
  • Say nothing about it, he said, but this is the yellow-fever brute, So our interest in our new life is kept alert and bright.

    The Sea and the Jungle H. M. Tomlinson
  • There is one ship in the harbor that has yellow-fever on board—that is all.

    Phemie Frost's Experiences Ann S. Stephens
  • The study of yellow-fever poison after the objective method has hitherto been unproductive of definite results.

  • Mere contact with the clothing, &c., of yellow-fever patients was proved to be no source of infection.

  • The sick seem to have recovered swiftly—a trait observable in yellow-fever patients.

    On the Spanish Main John Masefield
  • The yellow-fever in Philadelphia, in 1793, felt to be one of the greatest curses of heaven, destroyed but four thousand.

    Select Temperance Tracts American Tract Society
British Dictionary definitions for yellow-fever

yellow fever

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.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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yellow-fever in Science
yellow fever
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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