List of deprecated terms for diseases

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The following is a list of deprecated terms for diseases.

Obsolete term Preferred term Reference Notes
Apoplexy Stroke Also a general term for internal bleeding in a specific organ.
Bends Decompression sickness [1] Referred to the associated musculoskeletal issues of decompression illness.
Bilious remitting fever Dengue fever [2] Used in reference to a 1780 outbreak in Philadelphia.
Break-bone fever Dengue fever [2] Used in reference to a 1780 outbreak in Philadelphia.
Break-heart fever Dengue fever [3]
Chokes Decompression sickness [1] Referred to the associated breathing issues of decompression illness.
Consumption Tuberculosis [4] So-called due to the wasting that occurs in the late stages of infection.
Dandy fever Dengue fever [3] A reference to the mincing walk adopted by sufferers.
Dropsy Edema [5]
Dum-dum fever Leishmaniasis [6] The term is derived from the city of Dum Dum, the site of an outbreak.
English disease Rickets [7] So named due to its prevalence in English slums.
French disease Syphilis [8] Used as an ethnic slur against the French.
Front-street fever Dengue fever [2] Used in reference to a 1780 outbreak in Philadelphia.
Gleet Gonorrhea [9] Usually refers to gonorrhea that is in semi-remission.
Great pox Syphilis [8] Used as a term of comparison to smallpox.
Grippe Influenza [10] From the French.
Lockjaw Trismus [11] The term is sometimes used as a synonym for tetanus, which usually first manifests as trismus.
Norwalk virus Norovirus [12] Named after the town of Norwalk, Ohio, where the disease was first distinctly identified.
Phthisis Tuberculosis [4] From the Greek word for consumption.
Quinsy Peritonsillar abscess [13] From the French term esquinancie.
Saint Vitus Dance Sydenham's chorea [14] Named for Saint Vitus, an early Christian martyr.
Spanish fever Influenza [15] Used in reference to the 1918 flu pandemic.
Squinsy Peritonsillar abscess [13] From the French term esquinancie.
Staggers Decompression sickness [1] Referred to the associated neurological issues of decompression illness.
Undulant fever Brucellosis [16] The name is a reference to the rising and falling of the patient's temperature.
White Plague Tuberculosis [4]


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  5. ^ Stitt, Edward Rhodes; Richard Pearson Strong (1944). Stitt's Diagnosis, prevention and treatment of tropical diseases 2. Blakiston. p. 1018. 
  6. ^ Kormano, Martti; Ilmari Lindgren; Inkeri Helander (1999-01-01). Radiological Findings in Skin Diseases and Related Conditions. Thieme. p. 106. 
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  8. ^ a b Arrizabalaga, Jon; John Henderson; Roger Kenneth French (1997-02-27). The Great Pox: The French Disease in Renaissance Europe. Yale University Press. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  9. ^ Dick, Henry (1858). Gleet: its pathology and treatment. Baillière. 
  10. ^ Potter, CW (2001). "A history of influenza". Journal of applied microbiology 91 (4): 572–579. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2672.2001.01492.x. PMID 11576290. 
  11. ^ Wells CL, Wilkins TD (1996). "Clostridia: Sporeforming Anaerobic Bacilli". In Baron S, et al. Baron's Medical Microbiology. Univ of Texas Medical Branch. ISBN 0-9631172-1-1. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Noroviruses - Fact Sheet". Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Richard Gleason Greene (1890). The International cyclopedia: a compendium of human knowledge, Volume 12. Dodd, Mead. pp. 355–6. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  14. ^ "NINDS Sydenham Chorea Information Page". February 14, 2007. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ Smith, P (2009). "Swine Flu". Croatian Medical Journal 50 (4): 412–5. doi:10.3325/cmj.2009.50.412. PMC 2728380. PMID 19673043. 
  16. ^ "PubMed Health". Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

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