Definition of cholera in English:



mass noun
  • An infectious and often fatal bacterial disease of the small intestine, typically contracted from infected water supplies and causing severe vomiting and diarrhoea.

    • ‘Some camps will become unreachable, and there will be an increased possibility of malaria and cholera outbreaks.’
    • ‘The role of global environmental change on diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, and cholera has been well documented.’
    • ‘Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera.’
    • ‘Malaria, cholera, typhoid and polio are all endemic in the region.’
    • ‘Many of these regions also suffer from epidemics of other infectious diseases such as cholera and malaria.’
    • ‘Doctors there were seeing many cases of diarrhoeal disease and feared epidemics of dysentery and cholera.’
    • ‘You do hear about outbreaks of things like cholera and dysentery as well as malaria.’
    • ‘The World Health Organisation has already warned about major illnesses like cholera.’
    • ‘For them, water borne diseases such as diarrhea, dysentery and cholera are a constant threat.’
    • ‘The International Red Cross, said it was concerned about waterborne diseases like malaria and cholera.’
    • ‘The Narrator escapes from the city in order to avoid being infected by cholera.’
    • ‘The flood victims face the danger of epidemics of cholera, dysentery, malaria and other diseases.’
    • ‘Pasteur went on to discover vaccinations for chicken pox, cholera, diphtheria, anthrax and rabies.’
    • ‘In 1832 the Central Board of Health issued public advice to Londoners on how to abort the early symptoms of cholera.’
    • ‘Cash raised will help victims of the conflict by supplying clean water to combat the spread of diseases like cholera.’
    • ‘This is likely to be a logistical problem in areas where diarrhoea is common and coexists with cholera.’
    • ‘Epidemics of botulism and cholera exacted a heavy toll on waterfowl in the West.’
    • ‘Thus cholera and typhoid, both water-borne diseases, may have been two early biological warfare agents.’
    • ‘Storm flooding regularly kills tens of thousands and spreads epidemic diseases like cholera.’
    • ‘There's a lot of disease raging across the board from cholera to malaria to measles.’


Late Middle English (originally denoting bile and later applied to various ailments involving vomiting and diarrhoea): from Latin (see choler). The current sense dates from the early 19th century.