Sweating sickness
Sweating Sweat"ing, a. & n. from {Sweat}, v. [1913 Webster]

{Sweating bath}, a bath producing sensible sweat; a stove or sudatory.

{Sweating house}, a house for sweating persons in sickness.

{Sweating iron}, a kind of knife, or a piece of iron, used to scrape off sweat, especially from horses; a horse scraper.

{Sweating room}. (a) A room for sweating persons. (b) (Dairying) A room for sweating cheese and carrying off the superfluous juices.

{Sweating sickness} (Med.), a febrile epidemic disease which prevailed in some countries of Europe, but particularly in England, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, characterized by profuse sweating. Death often occured in a few hours. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sweating sickness — n. an acute, infectious, rapidly fatal disease, epidemic in Europe in the 15th and 16th cent., characterized by high fever and profuse sweating …   English World dictionary

  • Sweating sickness — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = DiseasesDB = ICD10 = ICD9 = ICD9|078.2 ICDO = OMIM = MedlinePlus = eMedicineSubj = eMedicineTopic = MeshID = D018614 Sweating sickness, also known as the English sweate ( la. sudor anglicus), was a… …   Wikipedia

  • sweating sickness — a febrile epidemic disease that appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries: characterized by profuse sweating and frequently fatal in a few hours. [1495 1505] * * * ▪ disease also called  English sweat        a disease of unknown cause that appeared …   Universalium

  • sweating sickness — noun a fever with intense sweating, epidemic in England in the 15th–16th centuries …   English new terms dictionary

  • sweating sickness — /ˈswɛtɪŋ ˌsɪknəs/ (say sweting .siknuhs) noun a febrile epidemic disease which appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries, characterised by profuse sweating, and frequently fatal in a few hours …   Australian English dictionary

  • sweating sickness — noun 1. a disease of cattle (especially calves) • Hypernyms: ↑animal disease 2. epidemic in the 15th and 16th centuries and characterized by profuse sweating and high mortality • Syn: ↑miliary fever • Hypernyms: ↑infectious disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sweating sickness — An often fatal illness, named from one of its symptoms; probably a true influenza. Between 1315 and 1322 there was a series of epidemics accompanied by bad harvests and starvation. At the same time there were outbreaks of murrain. The result was… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • SWEATING SICKNESS —    an epidemic of extraordinary malignity which swept over Europe, and especially England, in the 15th and 16th centuries, attacking with equal virulence all classes and all ages, and carrying off enormous numbers of people; was characterised by… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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