bubonic plague: Meaning and Definition of

bubon'ic plague'

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a serious, sometimes fatal, infection with the bacterial toxin Yersinia pestis, transmitted by fleas from infected rodents and characterized by high fever, weakness, and the formation of buboes, esp. in the groin and armpits. Cf. Black Death.
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