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Legionnaires' disease

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noun \-ˈnerz-\

Simple Definition of Legionnaires' disease

  • : a serious disease of the lungs that is caused by bacteria

Full Definition of Legionnaires' disease

  1. :  a lobar pneumonia caused by a bacterium (Legionella pneumophila)

Variants of legionnaires' disease

also Legionnaire's disease

Origin of legionnaires' disease

from its first recognized occurrence at an American Legion convention in 1976


First Known Use: 1976


Medical Dictionary

Legionnaires' disease

noun

Medical Definition of Legionnaires' disease

  1. :  pneumonia that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Legionella (L. pneumophila), that is characterized initially by symptoms resembling influenza (as malaise, headache, and muscular aches) followed by high fever, cough, diarrhea, lobar pneumonia, and mental confusion, and that may be fatal especially in elderly and immunocompromised individuals—see pontiac fever



Variants of legionnaires' disease

also Legionnaire's disease

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