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typhus

Pronunciation: ti'fus

Definition: A group of acute infectious and contagious diseases, caused by rickettsiae that are transmitted by arthropods, and occurring in two principal forms: epidemic typhus and endemic (murine) typhus; typical symptoms include: severe headache, shivering and chills, high fever, malaise, and rash. Also called jail, camp, or ship fever.

Synonym(s): camp fever3, jail fever, ship fever

[G. typhos, smoke, stupor]

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