THE name “influenza” is of Italian origin, and is derived from the Latin influxio, which signifies a humour or catarrh. Creighton1 gives the following account of its introduction into the English language: —
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HEWLETT, R. Epidemic Influenza . Nature 102, 146–147 (1918). https://doi.org/10.1038/102146a0