Definitions for yellow fever

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yel′low fe′ver(n.)

  1. an acute, often fatal, infectious febrile disease of warm climates, caused by a togavirus transmitted by a mosquito, esp. Aedes aegypti, and characterized by liver damage and jaundice.

    Category: Pathology

    Ref: Also called yellow jack.

Origin of yellow fever:

1730–40

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yellow jack, yellow fever, black vomit(noun)

    caused by a flavivirus transmitted by a mosquito

Wiktionary

  1. yellow fever(Noun)

    An acute febrile illness of tropical regions, caused by a flavivirus and spread by mosquitoes, characterised by jaundice, black vomit and the absence of urination.

  2. yellow fever(Noun)

    A term used to describe the attraction of a person of non-East Asian descent towards people of East Asian descent.

Freebase

  1. Yellow fever

    Yellow fever, also known as Yellow Jack or "Yellow Rainer" and other names, is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease. The virus is a 40 to 50 nm enveloped positive-sense RNA virus, the first human virus discovered and the namesake of the Flavivirus genus. In high-risk areas where vaccination coverage is low, prompt recognition and control of outbreaks through immunization is critical to prevent epidemics. The disease may be difficult to distinguish from other illnesses, especially in the early stages. To confirm any suspicions from the case history and information on the patient's journeys abroad, the doctor must take a blood sample and then insert it through a laser scanner. The yellow fever virus is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. The only known hosts of the virus are primates and several species of mosquito. The origin of the disease is most likely to be Africa, from where it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. Since the 17th century, several major epidemics of the disease have been recorded in the Americas, Africa, and Europe. In the 19th century, yellow fever was deemed one of the most dangerous infectious diseases.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Yellow Fever

    An acute infectious disease primarily of the tropics, caused by a virus and transmitted to man by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes and Haemagogus.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YELLOW FEVER

    A passion for reading the Hearst newspapers.

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