Share this entry
chikungunya Line breaks: chi|kun|gunya
Pronunciation: /ˌtʃɪk(ə)nˈɡʌnjə/

Definition of chikungunya in English:


[mass noun]
A viral disease resembling dengue, transmitted by mosquitoes and endemic in East Africa and parts of Asia.
Example sentences
  • When the chikungunya virus is dominant in the mosquito, those bitten will suffer from chikungunya.
  • Janzen et al. have shown that chikungunya virus replicates in large numbers in the proximal portions of the lateral salivary gland lobes of A. aegypti.


1950s: a local word.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources