Origin and Etymology of brucellosis
First Known Use: 1930
Medical Definition of brucellosis
1: a disease of domestic animals caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella (Brucella melitensis of goats, B. suis of swine and rarely cattle, B. abortus of cattle and rarely swine, and B. canis of dogs) and is marked especially by abortion—see bang's disease, contagious abortion
2: an acute or chronic disease of humans that is acquired especially through direct contact with animals or animal products (as unpasteurized milk) infected with bacteria of the genus Brucella and is characterized by fever, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, loss of appetite, and swelling of internal organs (as the liver or heart)—called also Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, undulant fever
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