breakbone fever

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break·bone fever

See dengue.

breakbone fever

(Pathology) another name for dengue


(ˈdɛŋ geɪ, -gi)

an infectious, eruptive fever of warm climates, usu. epidemic, caused by a togavirus and characterized esp. by severe pains in the joints and muscles. Also called den′gue fe`ver.
[1820–30, Amer.; < American Spanish]
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Noun1.breakbone fever - an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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Of the people infected each year with dengue, about 96 million develop a flulike illness, sometimes called breakbone fever for the excruciating muscle and joint pain it can produce.
Because of intransigent pain DF is also known as breakbone fever.
Bites on the 39-year-old's legs had become infected and tests showed he had typhus and dengue fever - also known as breakbone fever because of the pain it causes.