kissing disease


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kissing disease

n. Informal
Infectious mononucleosis.
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Noun1.kissing disease - an acute disease characterized by fever and swollen lymph nodes and an abnormal increase of mononuclear leucocytes or monocytes in the bloodstreamkissing disease - an acute disease characterized by fever and swollen lymph nodes and an abnormal increase of mononuclear leucocytes or monocytes in the bloodstream; not highly contagious; some believe it can be transmitted by kissing
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
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Kissing disease, formally called mononucleosis, is an infectious disease that spreads through saliva or close contact, such as kissing.
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) causes infectious mononucleosis, which is also referred to as "kissing disease," a self-limiting illness that is characterized by pharyngitis and enlargement of the lymph nodes, spleen, and liver.
The highly infectious virus mostly affects teenagers and young adults and can leave you utterly exhausted and bedridden - and as is the cruel nature of life, it's particularly rife during the festive period, when people lock lips under the mistletoe, as it's passed from person to person through saliva (hence why it's often referred to as the 'kissing disease').
DON'T JUST GET IT FROM 1YOU KISSING IT may be commonly known as the 'kissing disease', but that doesn't mean you only catch it from locking lips with somebody who's infected.
They don't call it the "kissing disease" for nothing.
(What about the other 5%, though?) Smooching can lead to 'hot kissing disease' an infection passed through saliva which can lead to pulmonary tuberculosis, colds, parotitis, scarlet fever, syphilis and nettle rash.
It is widely known as the "kissing disease" as it can be passed from person to person through saliva, but can also be spread by airborne droplets.
It is thought that the virus is spread through saliva and is jokingly referred to as the 'kissing disease'.
It is easily transmitted orally and is so often called the "kissing disease." It is said to be more common among adolescents and young adults.
Infectious mononucleosis is also known as kissing disease or Pfeiffer's disease.