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

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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.

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