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Definition of "yellow fever" [yellow fever]

  • An infectious tropical disease caused by an arbovirus transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Aedes, especially A. aegypti, and Haemagogus and characterized by high fever, jaundice, and often gastrointestinal hemorrhaging. Also called yellow jack. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "yellow fever" in a sentence
  • "The entire yellow fever campaign was, as Arthur Allen wrote, a dark page in the history of public health: None of the 11 million Americans vaccinated against yellow fever during the war got yellow fever."
  • "He swallowed pills made of fresh balck vomit, inserted small quan - tities of it into cuts in his arms and legs, and injected blood serum from a yellow fever patient into his own blood stream."
  • "Site-directed mutagenesis of an acetylcholinesterase gene from the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti confers insecticide insensitivity."