cholera morbus

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cholera mor·bus

Acute gastroenteritis occurring in summer and autumn and marked by severe cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. No longer in scientific use.

[New Latin : Latin cholera, jaundice + Latin morbus, disease.]
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Noun1.cholera morbus - severe gastroenteritis of unknown etiology; characterized by severe colic and vomiting and diarrhea
gastroenteritis, intestinal flu, stomach flu - inflammation of the stomach and intestines; can be caused by Salmonella enteritidis
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Danglars by the unexpected appearance of the brigade of soldiers, and by the disclosure which had followed, the mansion was deserted with as much rapidity as if a case of plague or of cholera morbus had broken out among the guests.
Cholera reached the Western Hemisphere during the second pandemic, although the term cholera morbus was in use much earlier to designate a range of conditions including dysentery and inflammation and bleeding in the digestive tract.
The pandemic that swept North American cities in 1832 was caused by a comma-shaped bacterium, Vibro cholerae, known by various names including Asiatic cholera and Cholera morbus. It is now generally accepted that Vibro cholerae originated in India, where cholera was endemic, and first reached the West in the early nineteenth century.