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Definition of Plague, black

Plague, black: In the 14th century the victims of the "black plague" had bleeding below the skin (subcutaneous hemorrhage) which made darkened ("blackened") their bodies.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 8/28/2013

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