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OLD TIME DISEASE TERMINOLOGY

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
ABLEPSY - Blindness ICTERUS - Jaundice
AGUE - Malarial Fever IMPETIGO - Contagious skin disease characterized by pustules
AMERICAN PLAGUE - Yellow fever INANITION - Physical condition resulting from lack of food
ANASARCA - Generalized massive adema INFANTILE PARALYSIS - Polio
APHONIA - Laryngitis INTESTINAL COLIC - Abdominal pain due to bad diet
APHTHA - The infant disease “Thrush”
APOPLEXY - Paralysis due to stroke JAIL FEVER - Typhus
ASPHYCSIA/ASPHICSIA - Cyanotic and lack of oxygen JAUNDICE - condition caused by blockage of intestines
ATELECTASIS - defective expansion of the pulmonary alveoli at birth
ATROPHY - Wasting away or diminishing in size. KING’S EVIL - Tuberculosis of neck and lymph glands
KRUCHHUSTEN - Whooping cough
BAD BLOOD - Syphilis
BILIOUS FEVER - Typhoid, malaria, hepatitis or elevated temperature and bile emesis LAGRIPPE - Influenza
BILIOUSNESS - Jaundice associated with liver disease LOCKJAW - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days
BLACK PLAGUE or DEATH - Bubonic plague LONG SICKNESS - Tuberculosis
BLACK FEVER - Acute infection with high temperature and dark red skin lesions and high mortality rate LUES DISEASE - Syphilis
BLACK POX - Black small pox LUES VENERA - Venereal disease
BLACK VOMIT - Vomiting old black blood sue to ulcers or yellow fever LUMBAGO - Back pain
BLACKWATER FEVER - Dark urine associated with high temperature LUNG FEVER - Pneumonia
BLADDER IN THROAT - Diphtheria LYING IN - Time of delivery of infant
BLOOD POISONING - Bacterial infection; septicemia
BLOODY FLUX - Bloody stools MALIGNANT SORE THROAT - Diphtheria
BLOODY SWEAT - Sweating sickness MANIA - Insanity
BONE SHAVE - Sciatica MARASMUS - Progressive wasting away of body, like malnutrition
BRAIN FEVER - Meningitis MEMBRANOUS CROUP - Diphtheria
BREAKBONE FEVER - Meningitis MENINGITIS - Inflammation of brain or spinal cord
BREAKBONE - Dengue Fever METRITIS - Inflammation of uterus or purulent vaginal discharge
BRIGHT’S DISEASE - Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys MIASMA - Poisonous vapors thought to infect the air
BRONZE JOHN - Yellow fever MILK FEVER - Disease from drinking
BULE - Boil, tumor or swelling MILK LEG - Post partum thrombophlebitis
MILK SICKNESS - Disease from milk of cattle which had eaten poisonous weeds
CACHEXY - Malnutrition MORMAL - Gangrene
CACOGASTRIC - Upset stomach MORPHEW - Scurvy blisters on the body
CACOSPYSY - Irregular pulse MORTIFICATION - Gangrene of necrotic tissue
CADUCEUS - Subject to falling sickness or epilepsy MYELITIS - Inflammation of the spine
CAMP FEVER - Typhus; aka Camp diarrhea MYOCARDITIS - Inflammation of heart muscles
CANINE MADNESS - Rabies, hydrophobia
CANKER - Ulceration of mouth or lips; herpes simplex NECROSIS - Mortification of bones or tissue
CATALEPSY - Seizures/traces NEPHROSIS - Kidney degeneration
CATARRHAL - Inflammation of a mucous membrane, esp. effecting the nose and air passages NEPRITIS - Inflammation of kidneys
CEREBRITIS - Inflammation of cerebrum or lead poisoning NERVOUS PROSTRATION - Extreme exhaustion from inability to control physical and mental activities
CHILBLAIN - Swelling of extremities caused by exposure to cold NEURALGIA - Described as discomfort, such as “Headache” was neuralgia in head
CHILD BED FEVER – Infection following birth of a child NEURASTHENIA - emotional and psychic disorder characterized esp. by fatigability and often lack of motivation
CHILD COUGH - Whooping cough NOSTALGIA - Homesickness
CHLOROSIS - Iron deficiency anemia
CHOLERA - Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing PALSY - Paralysis or uncontrolled movement of controlled muscles.
CHOLERA MORBUS - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature; possible appendicitis PARESIS - Slight or partial paralysis
CHOLECYSTITUS - Inflammation of the gall bladder PAROXYSM - Convulsion
CHOLELITHIASIS - Gall stones PEMPHIGUS - Skin disease of watery blisters
CHOREA - Disease characterized by convulsions, contortions and dancing PERICARDITIS - Inflammation of heart
COLD PLAGUE - Ague which is characterized by chills PERIPNEUMONIA - Inflammation of lungs
COLIC - Abdominal pain and cramping PERITONITIS - Inflammation of abdominal area
CONGESTIVE CHILLS - Malaria PERTUSSIS - Whooping Cough
CONSUMPTION - Tuberculosis PETECHIAL FEVER - Fever characterized by skin spotting
CONGESTION - Any collection of fluid in an organ, i.e. lungs PHTHIRIASIS - Lice infestation
CONGESTIVE FEVER - Malaria PHTHISIS - Chronic wasting away or a name for tuberculosis
CORRUPTION - Infection PLAGUE - An acute febrile highly infectious disease with a high fatality rate.
CORYZA - A cold PLEURISY- Any pain in the chest
COSTIVENESS - Constipation PODAGRA - Gout
CRAMP COLIC - Appendicitis POLIOPOTTER’S ASTHMA - Fibroid phthisis
CROP SICKNESS - Overextended stomach POTT’S DISEASE - Tuberculosis of spine
CROUP - Laryngitis, diphtheria, or strep throat PUERPERAL EXHAUSTION - Death due to child birth
CYANOSIS - Dark skin color from lack of oxygen in blood PUERPERAL FEVER - Elevated temperature after giving firth to an infant
CYNANCHE - Diseases of throat PUKING FEVER - Milk sickness
CYSTITIS - Inflammation of the bladder PUTRID FEVER - Diphtheria
DAY FEVER - Fever lasting one day; sweating sickness REMITTING FEVER - Malaria
DEBILITY - Lack of movement or staying in bed RHEUMATISM - Any disorder associated with pain in joints
DECREPITUDE - Feebleness due to old age RICKETS - Disease of skeletal system
DELIRIUM TREMENS - Hallucinations die to alcoholism ROSE COLD - Hay fever or nasal symptoms of an allergy
DENGUE - Infectious fever endemic to East Africa ROTANNY FEVER - (Child’s disease) ??
DENTITION - Cutting of teeth RUBEOLA - German measles
DEPLUMATION - Tumor of the eyelids which causes hair loss
DIARY FEVER - A fever that lasts on day SCARLATINA - Scarlet fever
DIPTHERIA - Contagious disease of the throat SCARLET RASH - Roseola
DISTEMPER - Usually animal disease with malaise, discharge from nose and throat, anorexia SCIATICA - Rheumatism in the hips
DOCK FEVER - Yellow fever SCIRRHUS - Cancerous tumors
DROPSY - Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease SCOTOMY - Dizziness, nausea and dimness of sight
DROPSY OF THE BRAIN - Encephalitis SCRIVENER’S PALSY - Writer’s cramp
DRY BELLYACHE - Lead poisoning SCREWS - Rheumatism
DYSCRASY - An abnormal body condition SCROFULA - Tuberculosis of neck lymph glands. Progresses slowly with abscesses and pustules develop. Young person’s disease
DYSENTERY - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood SCRUMPOX - Skin disease, impetigo
DYSOREXY - Reduced appetite SCURVY - Lack of vitamin C. Symptoms of weakness, spongy gums and hemorrhages under skin
DYSPEPSIA - Indigestion and heartburn. Heart attack symptoms SEPTICEMIA - Blood poisoning
DYSURY - Difficulty in urination SHAKES - Delirium tremens
SHAKING - Chills, ague
ECLAMPSY - Symptoms of epilepsy or convolutions during labor SHINGLES - Viral disease with skin blisters
ECSTASY - A form of catalepsy SHIP FEVER - Typhus
EDEMA - Nephritis; swelling of tissues SIRIASIS - Inflammation of the brain due to sun exposure
EDEMA OF LUNGS - Congestive heart failure, a form of dropsy SLOES - Milk sickness
EEL THING (Erysipelas) - Contagious skin disease, due to streptococci with vesicular bulbous lesions  SMALL POX - Contagious disease with fever and blisters
ELEPHANTIASIS - a form of leprosy SOFTENING OF BRAIN - Result of stroke or hemorrhage in the brain, with an end result of tissue softening in that area
ENCEPHALITIS - Swelling of brain; aka sleeping sickness SORE THROAT DISTEMPER - Diphtheria or quinsy
ENTERIC FEVER - Typhoid fever SPANISH INFLUENZA - Epidemic influenza
ENTEROCOLITIS - Inflammation of the intestines SPASMS - Sudden involuntary contraction of muscle or group of muscles, like a convulsion
ENTERITIS - Inflation of the bowels SPINA BIFIDA - Deformity of spine
EPITAXIS - Nose bleed SPOTTED FEVER - Either typhus or meningitis
ERYSIPELAS - Contagious skin disease, due to streptococci with vesicular bulbous lesions SPRUE - Tropical disease characterized by intestinal disorders and sore throat.
EXTRAVASTED BLOOD - Rupture of a blood vessel ST. ANTHONY’S FIRE - Also Erysipelas, but named so because of affected skin areas are bright red in appearance
ST. VITAS DANCE - Ceaseless occurrence of rapid complex jerking movements performed involuntarily
FALLING SICKNESS - Epilepsy STOMATITIS - Inflammation of the mouth
FATTY LIVER - Cirrhosis of liver STRANGER’S FEVER - Yellow fever
FITS - Sudden attack or seizure of muscle activity STRANGERY - Rupture
FLUX - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea SUDOR ANGLICUS - Sweating sickness
FLUX OF HUMOUR - Circulation SUMMER COMPLAINT - Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk
FRENCH POX - Syphilis SUNSTROKE - Uncontrolled elevation of body temperature due to environment heat. Lack of sodium in the body is a predisposing cause
SWAMP SICKNESS - Could be malaria, thphoid or encephalitis
GATHERING - A collection of pus SWEATING SICKNESS - Infectious and fatal disease common to UK in 15th century
GLANDULAR FEVER - Mononucleosis
GREAT POX - Syphilis TETANUS - Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness
GREEN FEVER/SICKNESS - Anemia THROMBOSIS - Blood clot inside blood vessel
GRIPPE/GRIP - Influenza like symptoms THRUSH - Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat
GROCER’S ITCH - Skin disease caused by mites in sugar or flour TICK FEVER - Rocky mountain spotted fever
TOXEMIA - Eclampsia
HEART SICKNESS - Condition caused by loss of salt from body TRENCH MOUTH - Painful ulcers found along gumline, caused by poor nutrition and poor hygiene
HEAT STROKE - Body temperature elevates because of surrounding environment temperature and body does not perspire to reduce temperature. Coma and death result if not reversed TUSSIS CONVULSIVA - Whooping cough
HECTICAL COMPLAINT - Recurrent fever TYPHUS - Infectious fever characterized by high fever headache and dizziness
HEMATEMESIS - Vomiting blood
HEMATURIA - Bloody urine VARIOLA - Smallpox
HEMIPLEGY - Paralysis of one side of body VENESECTION - Bleeding
HIP GOUT - Osteomylitis VIPER’S DANCE - See St. Vitus Dance
HORRORS - Delirium tremens
HYDROCEPHALUS - Enlarged head, water on the brain WATER ON BRAIN - Enlarged head
HYDROPERICARDIUM - Heart dropsy WHITE SWELLING - Tuberculosis of the bone
HYDROTHROAX - Dropsy in chest WINTER FEVER - Pneumonia
HYPERTROPHY - Excessive development of an organ (as thickening of muscle fibers) without multiplication of parts WOMB FEVER - Infection of the uterus
WORM FIT - Convulsions associated with teething, worms, elevated temperature or diarrhea
YELLOWJACKET - Yellow fever

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Last updated on 28 April, 2013 .