Definition of chikungunya in English:


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


[mass noun]
  • A viral disease resembling dengue, transmitted by mosquitoes and endemic in East Africa and parts of Asia.
    More 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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