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1. pertaining to or of the nature of a gland.
glandular fever infectious mononucleosis.
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in·fec·tious mon·o·nu·cle·o·sis

an acute febrile illness of young adults, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, a member of the Herpesviridae family; frequently spread by saliva transfer; characterized by fever, sore throat, enlargement of lymph nodes and spleen, and leukopenia that changes to lymphocytosis during the second week; the circulating blood usually contains abnormal, large T lymphocytes that resemble monocytes even though B cells are infected, and there is heterophil antibody that may be completely adsorbed on beef erythrocytes, but not on guinea pig kidney antigen. Collections of the characteristic abnormal lymphocytes may be present not only in the lymph nodes and spleen, but in various other sites, such as the meninges, brain, and myocardium.
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glandular fever

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glandular fever

 Infectious mononucleosis, see there.
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glandular fever

Infectious mononucleosis. An infection caused by the Epstein-Barr virus of the herpes family. It is spread by close contact, especially kissing, and is commonest in young adults. The disease appears after an incubation period of 4–7 weeks. There is fever, weakness, headache, sore throat, and enlargement of lymph nodes and the spleen. Spontaneous recovery, within a month, is usual. Sometimes there is prolonged fatigue and recurrences of fever.
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glandular fever


infective mononucleosis

an ACUTE infectious disease, probably caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, that affects primarily the lymphoid tissue throughout the body, resulting in abnormal blood lymphocytes (the ‘mononucleosis’ of the title), enlarged lymph nodes and spleen, and sometimes fever and sore throat. The disease affects mainly teenagers from an affluent background and is prevalent therefore amongst students. No control measure is available at present.
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Emil, German physician, 1846-1921.
Pfeiffer disease - infectious mononucleosis. Synonym(s): glandular fever
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Patient discussion about glandular fever

Q. What is the connection between fibromyalgia and glandular fever? How can you protect yourself from this viral infection?

A. There is a notion that some of the autoimmune conditions are caused by a trigger in the shape of a virus. Like the papiloma virus and cervical cancer. So there might be a connection between fibromyalgia and a virus.

Q. can mono kill you if it gets to the liver? otherwise known as the kissing desiaes.

A. It can be fatal, not necessarily through infecting the liver but through rupture of enlarged spleen or obstruction of the throat, or through the development of cancer (e.g. lymphoma) later in life.

However, these complications are very rare, and most people recover from the disease without major complications.

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