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cholera chol·er·a (kŏl'ər-ə)

  1. An acute epidemic infectious disease caused by Vibrio cholerae, characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, extreme loss of fluid and electrolytes, and prostration.

  2. Any of various diseases of domesticated animals marked by severe gastroenteritis.

chol'e·ra'ic (-ə-rā'ĭk) adj.
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