1. pestis

noun. a serious (sometimes fatal) infection of rodents caused by Yersinia pestis and accidentally transmitted to humans by the bite of a flea that has bitten an infected animal.


  • plague pneumonia
  • septicemic plague
  • glandular plague
  • pest
  • pulmonic plague
  • pneumonic plague
  • plague
  • pestilence
  • pestis bubonica
  • epidemic disease

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1. Noun, singular or mass
Yersinia pestis, also known as the Black Death or the plague, wreaked havoc long before the age of the Renaissance.