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1Relatively mild diarrhoeal illness occurring in a population during an epidemic of cholera; specifically epidemic cholera in a mild form. Now chiefly historical.
2Especially in the terminology of W. Farr: the causative agent of cholera. Now historical and rare.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The London Medical Gazette. From cholera + -ine, in sense 1 after French cholérine.
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