an infectious tropical disease transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by severe pains in the joints and back, fever, and rash
Origin of dengueWIndSp from Swahili dinga, cramplike attack, confused with Spanish dengue, fastidiousness
An acute, infectious tropical disease caused by any of four related flaviviruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, characterized by high fever, rash, headache, severe muscle and joint pain, and minor bleeding. A severe form of the disease (dengue hemorrhagic fever), characterized by bleeding from the gums and gastrointestinal tract, can lead to shock and death. Also called breakbone fever . Also called dandy fever . Also called dengue fever .
Origin of dengueAmerican Spanish alteration ( influenced by dengue affectation ) of Swahili -dinga