One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A syndrome characterized by high fever, petechial rash, haemorrhage in the gastrointestinal tract and other organs, kidney damage, and shock, caused by any of a number of viruses (chiefly arboviruses); (also, frequently with distinguishing word) an instance or specific type of this.
1940s; earliest use found in Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus. After Russian gemorragičeskaja lixoradka.
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