sweating sickness


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sweating sickness

n
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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References in classic literature ?
Wit, lad, is a catching thing, like the itch or the sweating sickness. I exude it round me; it is an aura.
She caught The English Sweating Sickness, which may have been caused by a particularly virulent Babesia co-infection that swept through England, This illness may have caused the string of heartbreaking miscarriages and still births.