dengue fever

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Etymology[edit]

Via Spanish, a corruption of Swahili ki denga pepo, meaning "cramp-like seizure caused by an evil spirit".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɛŋɡeɪ ˈfiːvə/, (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɛŋɡiː ˈfiːvɚ/

Noun[edit]

dengue fever ‎(uncountable)

  1. An acute febrile and sometimes hemorrhagic disease endemic to the tropics, caused by varieties of the species Dengue virus, and primarily transmitted to humans from mosquitoes, though human-to-human transmission is also well documented.

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