Typhus Definition

tīfəs
noun
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.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
typhus-fever

Origin of Typhus

  • New Latin tȳphus from Greek tūphos stupor arising from a fever, vapor from tūphein to smoke

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

  • From New Latin typhus, from Ancient Greek τῦφος (typhos, “fever, stupor"), of uncertain origin

    From Wiktionary

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