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AIDS acronym of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome," a usu. fatal viral disease of the body's immune system, transferred through blood, sexual contact, contaminated hypodermic needles, or the like.
anthrax an infectious, often fatal disease, esp. of sheep and cattle, but communicable to humans. [1/2 definitions]
Asiatic cholera an acute, infectious, often fatal disease caused by bacteria and characterized by severe diarrhea, intestinal cramps, and dehydration; cholera.
blackhead a malignant, infectious, and often fatal disease of the liver and intestines of domestic and wild fowl. [1/3 definitions]
black widow a small spider, widespread in the United States, of which the female has a shiny, black body with an hourglass-shaped red mark on its underside, a poisonous but usu. not fatal bite, and a reputation for sometimes devouring its mate.
bovine spongiform encephalopathy a fatal disease, also known as "mad cow disease," that affects the nervous system of cattle.
cholera an acute, often fatal, infectious disease that is marked by vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.
cirrhosis a chronic, often fatal, disease of the liver in which excessive tissue is formed resulting in blockage of circulation.
deathly causing death; fatal; lethal. [1/4 definitions]
decompression sickness a painful and sometimes fatal condition caused by the formation of nitrogen bubbles in the blood, resulting from returning to atmospheric pressure too quickly from deep water or a compression chamber; aeroembolism; bends.
diabetes mellitus a chronic and potentially fatal form of diabetes characterized by insulin deficiency, excess sugar in the blood and urine, and abnormal thirst and hunger.
do-or-die crucial, or potentially fatal. [1/2 definitions]
fell3 destructive or fatal. [1/2 definitions]
go for the jugular to attempt to inflict a seriously wounding or fatal blow; attempt to defeat decisively.
Hodgkin's disease a progressive, sometimes fatal disease in which the lymph tissues, spleen, and kidneys become enlarged or inflamed.
hog cholera a contagious and usu. fatal viral infection that affects swine with fever, sluggishness, and other disorders.
internecine destructive to all involved; mutually fatal or ruinous. [1/2 definitions]
kuru a fatal viral disease that affects the nervous system, occurring in New Guinea.
mad cow disease a fatal disease that affects the nervous system of cattle; bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
morbidity the proportion of a population in which a particular disease occurs or is fatal. [1/2 definitions]
mortal causing or likely to cause death; fatal. [1/6 definitions]