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- (obsolete) A blackish matter, resembling coffee grounds and due to hæmorrhage, vomited in severer cases of yellow fever; also, the disease of yellow fever itself.
1833, chapter 2, in Cyclopædia of practical medicine, page 295:
- A fever, with yellow skin and black vomit in some of the cases, appeared among a party of forty men.
1854 May 1, Daniel Drake, The Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery, page 369:
- Black vomit is nothing but a hœmorrhage from the stomach, and may exist in any degree, from a few particles of blood mixed, as it were, into a quantity of light glairy fluid, presenting the appearance of floating dark specks or flocculi, to that of a rapid and profuse discharge of pure red blood.
1876, John S. Bristowe, A treatise on the theory and practice of medicine, published 1878, page 199:
- On the third or fourth day, or later, the vomited matters..begin to contain blood..and they soon assume..a coffee-ground character, constituting the so-called black vomit.