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Bubonic plague  n.  (Med.) A severe and often fatal disease caused by infection with the bacterium Yersinia pestis (formerly Pasteurella pestis), transmitted to man by the bite of fleas, themselves usually infected by biting infected rodents. It is characterized by the formation of buboes, most notably on the groin and armpits, and accompanied by weakness and high fever. The disease was known as the black death, and was responsible for several devastating plagues throughout the middle ages. When lungs became infected, the disease was called the pneumonic plague. It is still found occasionally in poor areas of undeveloped countries but is rare in developed countries.

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... the sirkar against me, sending one of his high officers to demand that I be whipped. So I told the sirkar some— not much, indeed, but enough—of the things he and his officers had told me. And the sirkar said at once that there was both cholera and bubonic plague, and he must ...
— King—of the Khyber Rifles • Talbot Mundy

... from life. For years the eighth Baron of Dimbledon had lived in seclusion, practically forgotten. In India he had a bachelor brother, a son and a grandson. One day he was notified of the death (by bubonic plague) of these three male members of his family, the baron himself collapsed and died shortly after. The title and estate went to another branch of the family. A hundred years before, a daughter of the house had run away with the head-gardener and been disowned. The great-great-grand-son ...
— The Voice in the Fog • Harold MacGrath

Words linked to "Bubonic plague" :   ambulatory plague, Black Death, glandular plague, pestilence, ambulant plague, pestis bubonica, pestis, Black Plague

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