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



BrE BrE//ˈtaɪfəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtaɪfəs//
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a serious infectious disease that causes fever, headaches, purple marks on the body and often death Word Origin mid 17th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek tuphos ‘smoke, stupor’, from tuphein ‘to smoke’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: typhus