an acute infectious disease caused by various rickettsiae (esp. Rickettsia prowazekii) transmitted to people by the bite of fleas, lice, etc., and characterized by fever, headache, and an eruption of red spots on the skin: in full typhus fever
Origin of typhusModern Latin from Classical Greek typhos, vapor, fever, stupor, akin to typhein, to smoke, be cloudy from Indo-European base an unverified form dheu-: see dull
Any of several forms of infectious disease caused by rickettsia, especially those transmitted by fleas, lice, or mites, and characterized generally by severe headache, sustained high fever, depression, delirium, and the eruption of red rashes on the skin. Also called prison fever . Also called ship fever . Also called typhus fever .
Origin of typhusNew Latin téphus from Greek tūphos stupor arising from a fever, vapor from tūphein to smoke
From New Latin typhus, from Ancient Greek Ï„á¿¦Ï†Î¿Ï‚ (typhos, “fever, stupor"), of uncertain origin