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Name Term description
Name Bilious fever Term description

Fever that was accompanied by vomiting or diarrhoea (e.g. typhoid, malaria or hepatitis).

Name Birlayman/birlieman Term description

An arbiter in parish disputes

Name Bishop Term description

Senior clergyman in pre-Reformation, Roman Catholic or Episcopal church, in charge of a see or diocese

Name Black fever Term description

An acute infection accompanied by a high temperature, dark red skin lesions and a high mortality rate (could refer to cerebrospinal meningitis).

Name Black plague Term description

Bubonic plague; the Black Death.

Name Black spit Term description

Pneumoconiosis; a lung disease caused by the inhalation of coal dust.

Name Black vomit Term description

The vomiting of black blood as a result of stomach ulcers (also a symptom of yellow fever).

Name Blacksmith Term description

One who works iron in a forge

Name Blackwater fever Term description

A severe complication of malaria characterised by the passing of dark urine as a result of kidney damage.

Name Bladder in throat Term description

Diptheria

Name Blae Term description

Bruised

Name Blast Term description

A sudden illness

Name Blaxter Term description

A person who whitens cloth or paper pulp

Name Bleacher Term description

A person who whitens cloth or paper pulp

Name Blintrin Term description

Shortsighted

Name Blocher Term description

Catarrhal cough

Name Blockcutter Term description

A person who makes the hand-carved blocks used to print patterns onto for example Textiles, paper, and linoleum

Name Blockmaker Term description

Trader, broker

Name Blockprinter Term description

A person who prints onto for example Textiles, paper or linoleum from hand-carved blocks

Name Bloit Term description

Diarrhoea

Name Bloody flux Term description

Dysentry

Name Bloody sweat Term description

Sweating sickness, typically accompanied by a discharge of blood.

Name Blype Term description

Peeling skin

Name Boak Term description

To vomit or retch

Name Boat-wright Term description

Boatbuilder