Glandular fever
Glandular fever is infectious mononucleosis. "Mono" and "kissing disease" are popular terms for this very common illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). By the time most people reach adulthood, an antibody against EBV can be detected in their blood meaning they have been infected with EBV. The illness is less severe in young children. The infection can be spread by saliva. The incubation period for "mono" is 4 to 8 weeks. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. "Mono" can cause liver inflammation (hepatitis) and spleen enlargement. Vigorous contact sports should be avoided to prevent spleen rupture.

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glandular fever n INFECTIOUS MONONUCLEOSIS

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an infectious disease, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, that affects the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin; it mainly affects adolescents and young adults. After an incubation period of 5-7 days, symptoms commence with swelling and tenderness of the lymph nodes, fever, headache, a sore throat, lethargy, and loss of appetite. In some cases the liver is affected, causing hepatitis, or the spleen is enlarged. Glandular fever is diagnosed by the presence of large numbers of monocyte in the blood. Complications are rare but symptoms may persist for weeks before recovery. Medical name: infectious mononucleosis.

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infectious mononucleosis.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • glandular fever — n [U] BrE an infectious disease which makes your ↑lymph nodes swell up and makes you feel weak for a long time afterwards …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glandular fever — ► NOUN ▪ an infectious viral disease characterized by swelling of the lymph glands and prolonged lassitude …   English terms dictionary

  • glandular fever — n. INFECTIOUS MONONUCLEOSIS …   English World dictionary

  • glandular fever — N UNCOUNT Glandular fever is a disease which causes swollen glands, fever, and a sore throat. [mainly BRIT] (in AM, use mononucleosis) …   English dictionary

  • glandular fever — an infectious disease, caused by the Epstein Barr virus, that affects the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits, and groin; it mainly affects adolescents and young adults. After an incubation period of 5–7 days, symptoms commence with swelling and… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • glandular fever — /glændʒələ ˈfivə / (say glanjuhluh feevuh) noun an acute infectious disease caused by the Epstein Barr virus and characterised by sudden fever, a benign swelling of lymph nodes, and increase in leukocytes having only one nucleus in the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • glandular fever — noun an acute disease characterized by fever and swollen lymph nodes and an abnormal increase of mononuclear leucocytes or monocytes in the bloodstream; not highly contagious; some believe it can be transmitted by kissing • Syn: ↑infectious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • glandular fever — noun Date: 1902 infectious mononucleosis …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • glandular fever — Self limiting disorder of lymphoid tissue caused by infection with Epstein Barr virus(infectious mononucleosis). Characterized by the appearance of many large lymphoblasts in the circulation …   Dictionary of molecular biology

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