Also called African sleeping sickness, African trypanosomiasis. a generally fatal disease, common in parts of Africa, characterized by fever, wasting, and progressive lethargy: caused by a parasitic protozoan, Trypanosoma gambiense or T. rhodesiense, that is carried by a tsetse fly, Glossina palpalis.
Also called epidemic encephalitis, lethargic encephalitis. a viral disease affecting the brain, characterized by apathy, sleepiness, extreme muscular weakness, and impairment of vision.
(pathol) a technical name for sleeping sickness (sense 2)
Also called African sleeping sickness. an African disease caused by infection with protozoans of the genus Trypanosoma, characterized by fever, wasting, and sluggishness
Also called (esp formerly) sleepy sickness. an epidemic viral form of encephalitis characterized by extreme drowsiness Technical name encephalitis lethargica
sleeping sickness n.
See encephalitis lethargica.
- Epidemic gastroenteritis virus
epidemic gastroenteritis virus n. A virus that is the causative agent of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis but whose taxonomic classification remains undetermined. Also called gastroenteritis virus type A.
- Epidemic hemoglobinuria
epidemic hemoglobinuria n. The presence of hemoglobin or of pigments derived from it in the urine of infants, characterized by cyanosis and jaundice.
- Epidemic hemorrhagic fever
epidemic hemorrhagic fever n. An acute viral hemorrhagic fever characterized by headache, high fever, sweating, thirst, photophobia, coryza, cough, myalgia, arthralgia, and abdominal pain with nausea and vomiting. This phase lasts from three to six days and is followed by capillary hemorrhages, edema, oliguria, and shock. Also called Far Eastern hemorrhagic fever, hemorrhagic fever with […]
[ep-i-dem-ik] /ˌɛp ɪˈdɛm ɪk/ adjective 1. Also, epidemical. (of a disease) affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent. 2. extremely prevalent; widespread. noun 3. a temporary prevalence of a disease. 4. a rapid spread or increase in the occurrence […]