Trench-fever meaning

An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and transmitted by body lice.
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An infectious disease caused by a rickettsia (Rochalimaea quintana) transmitted by body lice, characterized by a remittent fever, muscular pains, etc.
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An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and transmitted by body lice.
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(medicine) An acute infectious disease, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the louse Pediculus humanus, that affected very many soldiers during World War I.
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Origin of trench-fever

  • From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches

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