Influenza meaning

ĭnflo͝o-ĕnzə
Any of various viral diseases of domestic animals, characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract.
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Any of various viral infections of domestic or wild animals, generally characterized by fever and respiratory involvement.
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An acute, contagious, infectious disease, caused by any of various viruses and characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract, fever, and muscular pain.
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Any of various viral infections of domestic or wild animals, generally characterized by fever and respiratory involvement.
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A highly contagious infectious disease that is caused by any of various viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae and is characterized by fever, respiratory symptoms, fatigue, and muscle pain. It commonly occurs in epidemics, one of which killed 20 million people between 1917 and 1919.
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(pathology) An acute contagious disease of the upper airways and lungs, caused by a virus, which rapidly spreads around the world in seasonal epidemics.
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An acute contagious viral infection of humans, characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration.
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An acute contagious viral infection of humans, characterized by inflammation of the respiratory tract and by fever, chills, muscular pain, and prostration.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
influenza
Plural:
influenzas

Origin of influenza

  • Italian from Medieval Latin īnfluentia influence (so called apparently from the belief that epidemics were due to the influence of the stars) influence

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Italian influenza (“influence”), from Latin influentia.

    From Wiktionary