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cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkä-lə-rə How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

Definition of cholera

: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms especially : an acute diarrheal disease caused by an enterotoxin produced by a comma-shaped gram-negative bacillus (Vibrio cholerae synonym V. comma) when it is present in large numbers in the proximal (see proximal sense 2) part of the human small intestine

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Examples of cholera in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some adaptions were directly related to pandemics, including the Croton Aqueduct in New York’s Central Park, intended to provide clean water amid a cholera outbreak. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: Cities, economic prosperity and quality of life may suffer from pandemic exodus," 6 Oct. 2020 As a way to understand the current crisis, Oya’s students started this year by talking about physician John Snow, who linked London’s 19th century cholera epidemic to contaminated water. Andrew Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "How we’ll teach 2020 to the students of 2030," 24 Sep. 2020 More soldiers, according to History.com, were dying of infectious diseases like typhoid and cholera than of battle wounds. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday With Exhibit Featuring Her Famed Lamp, Pet Owl," 6 Mar. 2020 In 1849, over 10,000 Londoners died of cholera within three months. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Forward Guidance & the Fate of Cities," 17 Sep. 2020 In late 2010, Dominicans blamed migrant workers for a cholera outbreak that began when Nepali peacekeepers inadvertently introduced it to neighboring Haiti. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Science | AAAS, "From leprosy to COVID-19, how stigma makes it harder to fight epidemics," 16 Sep. 2020 The company claims that the sanitation process helps protect users from risks, such as botulism, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 13 best deals from REI's massive Labor Day Sale—shop The North Face, Deuter and more," 28 Aug. 2020 Mask explores the tensions raised by street names—and the ripple effects of not having an address—through case studies of Nazi Germany, a Haitian cholera outbreak, ancient Rome and other communities across four continents. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Science of Fear, the Royal Scandal That Made France Modern and Other New Books to Read," 17 Apr. 2020 Most of the time, polluted urban water supplies are a problem for the poor—think of the London cholera outbreak that kickstarted modern epidemiology, or modern lead pollution in the water supply of Flint, Michigan. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Mercury and algal blooms poisoned Maya reservoirs at Tikal," 30 June 2020

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First Known Use of cholera

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cholera

Latin

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The first known use of cholera was in 1601

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15 Oct 2020

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Cholera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cholera. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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cholera

noun
How to pronounce cholera (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cholera

: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and that often results in death

cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkä-lə-rə How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

Kids Definition of cholera

: a serious disease that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea

cholera

noun
chol·​era | \ ˈkäl-ə-rə How to pronounce cholera (audio) \

Medical Definition of cholera

: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms: as
a : an acute diarrheal disease caused by an enterotoxin produced by various strains of a comma-shaped gram-negative bacterium of the genus Vibrio (V. cholerae synonym V. comma) when it is present in large numbers in the proximal part of the human small intestine — see asiatic cholera

Other Words from cholera

choleraic \ ˌkäl-​ə-​ˈrā-​ik How to pronounce choleraic (audio) \ adjective

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