Fever, breakbone
An acute mosquito-borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic. Better known as dengue, the disease is endemic throughout the tropics and subtropics. It goes by other names including dandy fever. Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain. Hence, the name “breakbone fever.” Slaves in the West Indies who contracted dengue were said to have “dandy fever” because of their postures and gait.

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  • Breakbone fever — Break bone fe ver (Med.) See {Dengue}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breakbone fever — ☆ breakbone fever [brāk′bōn΄ ] n. DENGUE …   English World dictionary

  • Breakbone fever — An acute mosquito borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fever, dandy — An acute mosquito borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever,… …   Medical dictionary

  • Fever, dengue — An acute mosquito borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever,… …   Medical dictionary

  • breakbone fever — Dengue Den gue (d[e^][ng] g[asl]), n. [See Note, below.] (Med.) A specific epidemic disease attended with high fever, cutaneous eruption, and severe pains in the head and limbs, resembling those of rheumatism; called also {breakbone fever}. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fever — Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 degrees F. (37 degrees C.), in practice a person is usually not considered to have a significant fever until the temperature is above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C.).… …   Medical dictionary

  • breakbone fever — noun an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints • Syn: ↑dengue, ↑dengue fever, ↑dandy fever • Hypernyms: ↑infectious disease …   Useful english dictionary

  • breakbone fever — noun dengue fever …   Wiktionary

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