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kissing disease

n. Informal
Infectious mononucleosis.
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A trivial synonym for infectious mononucleosis, which refers to a typical mode of transmission of EBV—i.e., by kissing and salivary exchange
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kissing disease

See GLANDULAR FEVER.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Patient discussion about kissing disease

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.

You can read more here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/infectiousmononucleosis.html

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Sure, sucking face has been blamed for the rise of Mononucleosis - which is sometimes referred to as "the kissing disease" - the spread of cold sores, and the general transmission of other unsavoury infections.
This allows it to be spread easily and is why it is sometimes called the 'kissing disease' although you can also catch it from someone sneezing.
A HERPES simplex 1, which appears on the mouth and face, has been called the kissing disease because it's possible to transmit it in that way.
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MORE than 600 students have volunteered to take part in a study into glandular fever - known as the "kissing disease".
The cause of Hodgkin's isn't known but it's thought it could be linked to the same virus that causes glandular fever - so called "kissing disease".
A GLANDULAR fever is known as the kissing disease because it is caught by close personal contact.
I've heard it's called the kissing disease, so is this the case?