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
References in classic literature ?
And if some one prescribes for him a course of dietetics, and tells him that he must swathe and swaddle his head, and all that sort of thing, he replies at once that he has no time to be ill, and that he sees no good in a life which is spent in nursing his disease to the neglect of his customary employment; and therefore bidding good-bye to this sort of physician, he resumes his ordinary habits, and either gets well and lives and does his business, or, if his constitution falls, he dies and has no more trouble.
But, gentlemen, whoever can pride himself on his diseases and even swagger over them?