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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The first confirmed case report dates from 1789 and is by Benjamin Rush [1] who coined the term "breakbone fever."
Dengue, also called breakbone fever, can be excruciating, with high fevers, headaches, muscle and joint pains and lingering weakness.
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.
His knock of 127 off 205 balls coupled by the fourth wicket partnership of 175 off 266 balls with skipper Misbah ul-Haq (90 not out) has definitely passed on the 'breakbone fever' to the men from the Caribbean.
Because of intransigent pain DF is also known as breakbone fever. Skin rashes arise around a day after the absence of fever.