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sweating sickness



  1. the nontechnical name for miliary fever
  2. an acute infectious febrile disease that was widespread in Europe during the late 15th century, characterized by profuse sweating
  3. a disease of cattle, esp calves, prevalent in southern Africa. Transmitted by ticks, it is characterized by sweating, hair loss, and inflammation of the mouth and eyes

Example Sentences Including 'sweating sickness'

Also, the sweating sickness has dealt a savage blow to your numbers.
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders
`Thanks to the sweating sickness , there have been many of those.
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders
The sweating sickness had swept away quite a few physicians.
Grace, C.L A Shrine of Murders


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