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Medical Term:

plague

Pronunciation: plag

Definition

  1. Any disease of wide prevalence or of excessive mortality.
  2. An acute infectious disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and marked clinically by high fever, toxemia, prostration, a petechial eruption, lymph node enlargement, pneumonia, or hemorrhage from the mucous membranes; primarily a disease of rodents, transmitted to humans by fleas that have bitten infected animals. In humans the disease takes one of four clinical forms: bubonic plague, septicemic plague, pneumonic plague, or ambulant plague

Synonym(s): pest, pestilence1, pestis

[G. plege, a stroke, a wound; L. plaga, a stroke, injury]

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