influenza

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n influenza an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Influenza caused over twenty-one million deaths in 1918
    • n Influenza (Med) An epidemic viral infectious disease characterized by acute nasal catarrh, or by inflammation of the throat or the bronchi, and usually accompanied by fever and general weakness; also called grippe. It is caused by several forms of RNA virus which mutate readily and thereby render vaccines prepared against older forms ineffective, often requiring a new form of vaccine for each new outbreak.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Over 600,000 people died as a result of the Spanish influenza epidemic
    • n influenza An epidemic catarrh of an aggravated kind, attended with serious febrile symptoms and rapid prostration. It attacks all ages and conditions of life, but is not frequently fatal except to the aged, or the very young, or to those suffering from other diseases. So called because supposed to be due to some peculiar atmospheric influence.
    • n influenza A prevailing influence; an epidemic.
    • n influenza Influenza is an acute infectious disease of which the most prominent symptoms are fever, general prostration, pains in various parts of the body, and inflammatory processes attacking the serous or mucous membranes, the lungs, or the nerves. The onset is usually abrupt with headache, backache, fever, and loss of strength. According to the organs most affected in its further progress, the disease is said to be of the respiratory, nervous, or gastro-intestinal form. Influenza is noteworthy for the rapidity with which an epidemic sweeps over entire countries and even from one continent to another, and for the large proportion of the population attacked when it is prevalent. The disease is caused by a small, non-motile bacillus which occurs in great numbers in the nasal and bronchial secretions of the patients. Influenza has a low death rate, but its effect on the general health is often severe and lasting, and many grave sequelæ are possible. One attack does not protect against a second. The ordinary influenza or ‘grippe,’ though in some ways simulating true epidemic influenza, is a different and much milder disease.
    • n influenza An infectious specific fever of horses, asses, and mules, characterized by alterations of the blood, great depression of the vital forces, and inflammatory complications, especially of the lungs, intestines, and brain. It usually assumes an epizootic form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1918 and 1919, a world epidemic of simple influenza killed 20 million people in the United States and Europe.
    • n Influenza in-flōō-en′za a severe epidemic catarrh, accompanied with weakening fever.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. influenza, influence, an epidemic formerly attributed by astrologers to the influence of the heavenly bodies, influenza. See Influence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—L., a by-form of influence.

Usage

In literature:

It appears that Mrs. Hillier has influenza.
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
But she died at seventeen, of mere influenza, very quickly and without much pain.
"The Martian" by George Du Maurier
It was four days later that she sickened of the Spanish influenza, so called.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Small-pox, measles, influenza, etc., are examples of this group.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
However, many believe the "influenza" is a modification of this plague.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
In such diseases as measles, scarlet fever, colds, mumps, influenza, dishes should be boiled every day.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
In the treatment of pneumonia and influenza Dr. Brinkley uses serums of his own invention.
"The Goat-gland Transplantation" by Sydney B. Flower
Influenza in the country, 19.
"Rural Hygiene" by Henry N. Ogden
The work done in 1918 on the great petition for the Federal Amendment was very successful despite the influenza epidemic.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
And that ought to be as pleasing to them as influenza is to the apothecary.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
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In poetry:

Impartially the feet of Death at huts and castles strike;
The influenza carries off the rich and poor alike.
O Sestius, though blessed you are beyond the common run,
Life is too short to cherish e'en a distant hope begun.
"In The Springtime" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Origins, influenza and Facebook streaming.
1 entry tagged ' influenza '.
Today is the final day for the Carter County Health Department influenza vaccination clinic.
State health official have confirmed four cases of influenza , all in children, in South Dakota.
Jefferson County offers influenza vaccines.
During the 1918 human influenza pandemic, clinical signs of respiratory disease were reported in pigs in Europe and in the United States.
The City of Lubbock Health Department has received 500 doses of influenza vaccine for persons 18 years and older.
Ferret study no reason to avoid influenza vaccination.
The National Pork Board has produced a new fact sheet entitled, "Understanding Influenza Naming," to help explain where influenza (flu) references originate.
Influenza and county fairs.
The San Diego County Department of Animal Services is alerting the public that a dog from the County shelter in Bonita has tested positive for canine influenza .
Influenza vaccine recommended for all pediatric patients.
2012 National Adult Immunization Summit & National Influenza Vaccine Summit.
2011-2012 influenza season lowest on record.
ATLANTA — The 2011-2012 influenza season was one of the mildest and latest seasons on record, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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In science:

The 6 avian viral protein sequences were retrieved from the NCBI-Influenza virus resource (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/genomes/FLU/FLU.html). Awaiting biological researches in this field depend mostly on this online available database and have been used here for the selection of viral strains for the analysis (Table 1).
Systematic Approach on Differences in Avian Viral Proteins Based on Carbon Composition
CDC issues interim recommendations for the use of influenza antiviral medications in the setting of oseltamivir resistance among circula ting (December 19, 2008).
Systematic Approach on Differences in Avian Viral Proteins Based on Carbon Composition
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