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.
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.
Definition of cholera in:
- The US English dictionary