breakbone fever
Dengue Den"gue (d[e^][ng]"g[asl]), n. [See Note, below.] (Med.) A specific epidemic disease attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; -- called also {breakbone fever}. It occurs in India, Egypt, the West Indies, etc., is of short duration, and rarely fatal. [1913 Webster]

Note: This disease, when it first appeared in the British West India Islands, was called the dandy fever, from the stiffness and constraint which it grave to the limbs and body. The Spaniards of the neighboring islands mistook the term for their word dengue, denoting prudery, which might also well express stiffness, and hence the term dengue became, as last, the name of the disease. --Tully. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Breakbone fever — Break bone fe ver (Med.) See {Dengue}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breakbone fever — ☆ breakbone fever [brāk′bōn΄ ] n. DENGUE …   English World dictionary

  • Breakbone fever — An acute mosquito borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever,… …   Medical dictionary

  • breakbone fever — noun an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints • Syn: ↑dengue, ↑dengue fever, ↑dandy fever • Hypernyms: ↑infectious disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • breakbone fever — noun dengue fever …   Wiktionary

  • breakbone fever — n. infectious disease characterized by a high fever and pain in the muscles and joints (occurs in tropic regions such as India, Egypt, and the West Indies), dengue …   English contemporary dictionary

  • breakbone fever — noun Date: 1855 dengue …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • breakbone fever — /brayk bohn /, Pathol. dengue. [1860 65; BREAK + BONE, so called because it makes the bones ache as if breaking at the joints] * * * …   Universalium

  • breakbone fever — see dengue …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • breakbone fever — break′bone fe ver [[t]ˈbreɪkˌboʊn[/t]] n. pat dengue • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

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