Definition of bubonic plague in English:

bubonic plague


  • The commonest form of plague in humans, characterized by fever, delirium, and the formation of buboes.

    • ‘Remarkably, he inoculated himself with pus from a suppurating bubo to fortify himself against bubonic plague.’
    • ‘But, unknown to them, they had been bitten by a flea infected with the bubonic plague at their home in Santa Fe.’
    • ‘In all, tens of thousands, and perhaps as many 200,000, Chinese died of bubonic plague, cholera, anthrax and other diseases.’
    • ‘Rodents cost billions of dollars in lost crops each year, and some are carriers of human diseases such as bubonic plague, typhus, and Hanta fever.’
    • ‘We know, as fourteenth-century people suspected, that the mortality caused by the bubonic plague of the Black Death was the worst demographic disaster in the history of the world.’
    • ‘Though the bubonic plague's namesake buboes are not visible in the picture, their painful presence can be intuited from the victims' postures.’
    • ‘Some researchers now believe that the bubonic plague, or Black Death, originated in the village where builders of Tutankhamun's tomb lived.’
    • ‘Anthrax, bubonic plague, botulism toxin - the government urgently wants vaccines and treatments for these deadly threats.’
    • ‘Its scientists work with the deadliest known disease agents, including bubonic plague, anthrax and the ebola virus.’
    • ‘Rest assured that only on rare occasions do epidemics such as bubonic plague in India and diphtheria in Russia present a much more widespread threat.’
    • ‘They are known carriers of several deadly diseases, among them the bubonic plague.’
    • ‘The best attested pandemics belong to relatively recent history, and to three diseases in particular: bubonic plague, cholera, and influenza.’
    • ‘In humans, plague occurs in three forms: bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and septicemic plague.’
    • ‘Pneumonia was prevalent, the bubonic plague was endemic, and doctors were little more than optimistic quacks.’
    • ‘Both pneumonic plague and bubonic plague are caused by the same organism (i.e., Yersinia pestis).’
    • ‘In addition, it is believed to have about 5,000 tons of chemical and biological agents, including sarin, anthrax, smallpox and the bubonic plague.’
    • ‘This figure does not include victims of actual biological warfare or the effects of diseases such as cholera, bubonic plague, and typhus upon civilians.’
    • ‘The Black Death was not an epidemic of bubonic plague but a viral haemorrhagic fever with a long incubation period that allowed it to travel far despite the limitations of travel in the Middle Ages.’
    • ‘The Taiwanese military is reportedly trained to handle four types of bacterial or viral attack: anthrax, smallpox, botulism and the bubonic plague.’
    • ‘In addition to treating tuberculosis, streptomycin was effective against typhoid fever, cholera, bubonic plague and other diseases.’
    disease, sickness
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bubonic plague

/bjuːbɒnɪk ˈpleɪɡ/