- (pathology) An acute febrile disease of the tropics caused by a flavivirus, transmitted by mosquitoes, and characterized by high fever, rash, headache, and severe muscle and joint pain.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Den"gue (d&ebreve;&nsm;"g&asl;), n.
[See Note, below.] (Med.) A specific epidemic disease
attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the
head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; -- called also
breakbone fever. It occurs in India, Egypt, the West Indies,
etc., is of short duration, and rarely fatal.
&fist; This disease, when it first appeared in the British West
India Islands, was called the dandy fever, from the stiffness
and constraint which it grave to the limbs and body. The Spaniards of
the neighboring islands mistook the term for their word
dengue, denoting prudery, which might also well express
stiffness, and hence the term dengue became, as last, the name
of the disease. Tully.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Dengue, a disease peculiar to the tropics, occurs in hot weather,
and attacks one suddenly with high fever and violent pains, and after a
relapse returns in a milder form and leaves the patient very weak.
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