Definition of cholera noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈkɒlərə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlərə//
[uncountable] Ailments and diseases
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a disease caught from infected water that causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting and often causes death A cholera epidemic swept the country. See related entries: Ailments and diseases Word Originlate Middle English (originally denoting bile and later applied to various ailments involving vomiting and diarrhoea): from Latin cholera ‘diarrhoea’ (from Greek kholera), which in late Latin acquired the senses ‘bile’ or ‘anger’, from Greek kholē ‘bile’. The current sense dates from the early 19th cent.Extra examples A cholera epidemic swept the country.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cholera