- Also called: African sleeping sickness. an African disease caused by infection with protozoans of the genus Trypanosoma, characterized by fever, wasting, and sluggishness
- Also called (esp formerly): sleepy sickness. an epidemic viral form of encephalitis characterized by extreme drowsiness Technical name: encephalitis lethargica
Example Sentences Including 'sleeping sickness'
In fact, few economists feel that they will suffer a relapse of the sleeping sickness they have been prone to in recent times.
Business Today (1999)
Our farms, seething with tsetse flies, oozing sleeping sickness.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Paul Couldridge, 43 - who had a sleeping sickness - ignored a doctor's advice to stop motoring, it was alleged.
Sun, News of the World (2002)
Two diseases of these varied habitats affected safari travel: malaria and sleeping sickness.
Into Africa - a social history of the East African Safari
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