trench fever

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trench fever

n.
An acute infectious disease characterized by chills and fever, caused by the bacterium Bartonella quintana and transmitted by body lice.

[From its occurrence among soldiers in trenches.]

trench fever

n
(Pathology) an acute infectious disease characterized by fever and muscular aches and pains, caused by the microorganism Rickettsia quintana and transmitted by the bite of a body louse

trench′ fe`ver


n.
a recurrent fever and pain in the muscles and joints caused by a rickettsia transmitted by the body louse.
[1915–20]
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Noun1.trench fever - marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by licetrench fever - marked by pain in muscles and joints and transmitted by lice
rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis - infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
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By the second day of the northwester, Sheldon was in collapse from his fever.
On the morning of the fourth day of his fever, Sheldon lay on the veranda, gazing dimly out over the raging ocean.
Only, in the midst of his fever, a hand as soft as velvet and as cool as the night sea-wind touched his forehead, and a voice sounded in his ears so sweetly that the blood burned no longer in his veins, so sweetly that he lay back upon his pillow like a man under the influence of a strong narcotic and slept.