Definition of Typhoid fever

1. Noun. Serious infection marked by intestinal inflammation and ulceration; caused by Salmonella typhosa ingested with food or water.

Exact synonyms: Enteric Fever, Typhoid
Generic synonyms: Infectious Disease



Definition of Typhoid fever

1. Noun. (pathology) An illness caused by the bacterium ''Salmonella typhi''. Not to be confused with typhus. ¹

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Medical Definition of Typhoid fever

1. An infectious febrile illness usually spread by contamination of food, milk or water supplies with Salmonella typhi, either directly by sewage, indirectly by flies or by faulty personal hygiene. There are less than 600 cases per year in the us. Asymptomatic carriers harbor the organism in their gallbladder and excrete it in their stools for years. Average incubation time is 10-14 days. Fever, diarrhoeal stools (often bloody), abdominal pain, malaise and a rose coloured rash on the upper abdomen are seen. Severe cases may progress to delirium and obtundation. Complications include glomerulonephritis. Treatment includes intravenous fluids and antibiotics (chloramphenicol or ampicillin). Vaccines are recommended for travel to endemic areas. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Typhoid Fever

typhlopexy
typhlorrhaphy
typhlosis
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typhoid-paratyphoid A and B vaccine
typhoid bacillus
typhoid bacteriophage
typhoid cholera
typhoid fever (current term)
typhoid pleurisy
typhoid pneumonia
typhoid septicaemia
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typhomalarial
typhomania
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Literary usage of Typhoid fever

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1. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1902)
"So much difference of opinion appears to exist regarding the frequency of the occurrence of typhoid fever in the first two years of life and the nature of ..."

2. Index of Economic Material in the Documents of the States of the United by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse, Carnegie Institution of Washington. Dept. of Economics and Sociology (1912)
"What may bds. of health do to prevent typhoid fever? by Dr. HC Houston. ... Concerning typhoid fever; three theories of causation discussed by VC Vaughan. ..."

3. Preventive medicine and hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau (1917)
"In the United States typhoid fever stands fourth on the list of mortality ... The average fatality from typhoid fever being nearly 10 per cent., it would, ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"This bacillus the cause of typhoid fever, was first discovered by Eberth in 1880. ... Every patient with typhoid fever is constantly giving off millions of ..."

5. The Lancet (1898)
"In 1884 Pettenkofer investigated the typhoid fever mortality in 871 houses containing 23302 people who were still supplied by the old Royal waterworks. ..."

6. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler, Thomas McCrae (1916)
"It is interesting to note that among 1500 cases of typhoid fever plasmodia were found in ... Many of the typhoid fever patients came from malarious regions. ..."

7. Journal of the American Medical Association by American Medical Association (1890)
"there was a specific cause for typhoid fever, and many other diseases, and attempts were made at various times to make such application of drugs that the ..."

8. The Principles and Practice of Medicine: Designed for the Use of by William Osler (1912)
"It is interesting to note that among 1500 cases of typhoid fever plasmodia were found in ... Many of the typhoid fever patients came from malarious regions. ..."

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