sweating sickness

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sweating sickness

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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
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Certainly, for all the excellence of what is there, some topics are dealt with very superficially; for instance, syphilis in less than a page, gout in a single sentence, while the devastating English sweating sickness (sudor Anglicus) of 1529 (see Renaissance Studies, 17 (2003), 147-76) is not mentioned at all.