Definition of cholera in English:

cholera

Line breaks: chol|era
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlərə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
An infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • The disease is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. See vibrio
More example sentences
  • Many of these regions also suffer from epidemics of other infectious diseases such as cholera and malaria.
  • Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera.
  • Pasteur went on to discover vaccinations for chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, anthrax and rabies.

Origin

late Middle English (originally denoting bile and later applied to various ailments involving vomiting and diarrhoea): from Latin (see choler). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

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