sweating sickness


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sweating sickness

n
1. (Pathology) the nontechnical name for miliary fever
2. (Pathology) an acute infectious febrile disease that was widespread in Europe during the late 15th century, characterized by profuse sweating
3. (Veterinary Science) a disease of cattle, esp calves, prevalent in southern Africa. Transmitted by ticks, it is characterized by sweating, hair loss, and inflammation of the mouth and eyes
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Noun1.sweating sickness - a disease of cattle (especially calves)
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
2.sweating sickness - epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by profuse sweating and high mortalitysweating sickness - epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by profuse sweating and high mortality
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
References in classic literature ?
Wit, lad, is a catching thing, like the itch or the sweating sickness.
She caught The English Sweating Sickness, which may have been caused by a particularly virulent Babesia co-infection that swept through England, This illness may have caused the string of heartbreaking miscarriages and still births.
They lived at Ludlow Castle, but had little time together, for poor Arthur died only a few months later, perhaps of tuberculosis or the fever called the sweating sickness.