Dandy fever


Dandy fever
An acute mosquito- borne viral illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with headache, fever, prostration, severe joint and muscle pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy) and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic. Better known as dengue, the disease is endemic throughout the tropics and subtropics. It goes by other names including breakbone fever. Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain. Hence, the name “breakbone fever.” Slaves in the West Indies who contracted dengue were said to have “dandy fever” because of their postures and gait.

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dan·dy fever 'dan-dē- n DENGUE

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dengue.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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  • Dandy fever — Dandy Dan dy (d[a^]n d[y^]), n.; pl. {Dandies} (d[a^]n d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dandy-fever — (spr. fīwer), soviel wie Denguefieber …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • dandy-fever — see dandy2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • dandy fever — noun an infectious disease of the tropics transmitted by mosquitoes and characterized by rash and aching head and joints • Syn: ↑dengue, ↑dengue fever, ↑breakbone fever • Hypernyms: ↑infectious disease * * * ˈdandē noun Etymology …   Useful english dictionary

  • dandy-fever — n. Dengue, break bone fever …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • dandy fever — Pathol. (in the West Indies) dengue. [1820 30; prob. < West Indian Creole, of Afr orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Dandy — Dan dy (d[a^]n d[y^]), n.; pl. {Dandies} (d[a^]n d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or gives… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dandy brush — Dandy Dan dy (d[a^]n d[y^]), n.; pl. {Dandies} (d[a^]n d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dandy line — Dandy Dan dy (d[a^]n d[y^]), n.; pl. {Dandies} (d[a^]n d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dandy roller — Dandy Dan dy (d[a^]n d[y^]), n.; pl. {Dandies} (d[a^]n d[i^]z). [Cf. F. dandin, ninny, silly fellow, dandiner to waddle, to play the fool; prob. allied to E. dandle. Senses 2 & 3 are of uncertain etymology.] 1. One who affects special finery or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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