Definition of Typhoid Mary

1. Noun. United States cook who was an immune carrier of typhoid fever and who infected dozens of people (1870-1938).

Exact synonyms: Mallon, Mary Mallon
Generic synonyms: Carrier, Immune Carrier

Definition of Typhoid Mary

1. Noun. A person who carries and spreads a dangerous disease, especially one who refuses to cooperate to minimize the risk of infection. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Typhoid Mary

Tyndall stone
Tyne River
Tyne and Wear
Type 1 GM1 gangliosidosis
Typha angustifolia
Typha latifolia
Typhoid Mary (current term)
Typhoid Marys
Tyrannosaurus rex
Tyrannus domenicensis domenicensis
Tyrannus tyrannus
Tyrannus vociferans
Tyrian purple
Tyrian purples

Literary usage of Typhoid Mary

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Preventive Medicine and Hygiene by Milton Joseph Rosenau, George Chandler Whipple, John William Trask, Thomas William Salmon (1921)
"The story of "Typhoid Mary" was the first of its kind to be reported 9 in ... During these five years, "Typhoid Mary" is known to have been the cause of ..."

2. Water-supply: (considered Principally from a Sanitary Standpoint) by William Pitt Mason (1916)
"It will be remembered that Mary Mallon (" Typhoid Mary ") was discovered by Soper ... "The history of 'Typhoid Mary' gives point to the new sections of the ..."

3. Information Annual (1916)
"Mary Mallon, known all over the country as "Typhoid Mary," and declared by the physicians and health experts to be the most dangerous typhoid germ carrier ..."

4. Civic Biology: Textbook of Problems, Local and National, that Can be Solved by Clifton Fremont Hodge, Jean Dawson (1918)
"Typhoid Mary was discovered by Soper in 1906. She was apparently healthy, but wherever she served as cook typhoid fever was sure to follow, ..."

5. Healthy Living by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, Walter Camp (1920)
"There was a famous typhoid carrier known as "Typhoid Mary," who was found by the New York City Board of Health to have caused twenty-six cases of typhoid ..."

6. Report by New Hampshire State Dept. of Health, State Dept. of Health, New Hampshire (1916)
"Typhoid Mary was again placed in restraint. In another instance, Anna L., aged 65 years, was employed as housekeeper in various places. ..."

7. Human Infection Carriers: Their Significance, Recognition and Management by Charles Edmund Simon (1919)
"The Case of Typhoid Mary.39—The earlier portion of this woman's history has been related by Park in the third edition of his Pathogenic Microorganisms, ..."

8. Fight for Food by Leon Abel Congdon (1916)
"An illustration of this may be cited in'' Typhoid Mary," who carried typhoid fever to a ... "Typhoid Mary" carried typhoid fever by means of her excreta, ..."

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