Typhoid Mary

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

typhoid + Mary. Based on Mary Mallon (1869 – 1938), a notorious asymptomatic carrier of typhoid who refused to cooperate with the authorities about her condition until they resorted to forcible confinement.

Noun[edit]

Typhoid Mary (plural Typhoid Marys)

  1. A person who carries and spreads a dangerous disease, especially one who refuses to cooperate to minimize the risk of infection.