from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An acute infectious disease of the small intestine, caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae and characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, muscle cramps, severe dehydration, and depletion of electrolytes. Also called Asiatic cholera.
  • n. Any of various diseases of domesticated animals, such as chickens, turkeys, or hogs, marked by severe gastroenteritis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several acute infectious diseases of humans and domestic animals, caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium through ingestion of contaminated water or food, usually marked by severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and dehydration

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of several diseases affecting the digestive and intestinal tract and more or less dangerous to life, esp. the one commonly called Asiatic cholera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An infectious and often rapidly fatal disease, prevailing epidemically, generally preceded by a diarrhea, and marked by violent purging of watery stools with flocculent particles suspended in them (“rice-water stools”), vomiting, cramps, especially in the legs and abdominal walls, and profound collapse: specifically termed Asiatic cholera.
  • n. An acute disorder of the digestive organs, not epidemic, marked by vomiting, purging, colic, and cramps in the legs and abdominal walls, with considerable exhaustion, mostly confined to the hotter months, and frequently due to errors of diet: specifically called sporadic cholera and cholera morbus.
  • n. A destructive infectious disease of fowls, characterized by a yellow or green diarrhea, with an offensive odor, and great weakness and speedy death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acute intestinal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated water or food


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin, cholera, jaundice; see choler.

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From Latin cholera ("bilious disease"), from Ancient Greek χολή (kholē, "bile").



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  • Well, there we differ. I knew the symptoms but still think that divorced from its meaning, it's a pretty word... Like spirochete.

    Anyway... Usage/talk of cholera is also on the pilus page.

    October 4, 2008

  • I always thought so too, c_b--until I read The Ghost Map. Quite explicit on the symptoms. *shudders* (A fantastic book, though.)

    September 25, 2008

  • It's a terrible disease, but the word itself is so pretty...

    September 25, 2008

  • Read all about it in the Ghost Map. Or find out more in the movie "Love in the Time of Cholera". November must be cholera month.

    November 10, 2007

  • So my friend decided that The Painted Veil would be a "fun" Friday night movie.

    November 10, 2007