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psittacosis

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noun psit·ta·co·sis \ˌsi-tə-ˈkō-səs\

Definition of psittacosis

  1. :  an infectious disease of birds caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci), marked by diarrhea and wasting, and transmissible to humans in whom it occurs as a flu-like illness often accompanied by pneumonia —called also ornithosis, parrot fever

psittacotic play \-ˈkä-tik, -ˈkō-\ adjective


Origin of psittacosis

New Latin, from Latin psittacus


First Known Use: 1897


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psittacosis

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noun psit·ta·co·sis \ˌsit-ə-ˈkō-səs\

Medical Definition of psittacosis

plural psittacoses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  an infectious disease of birds that is caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci synonym Chlamydophila psittaci), is marked by diarrhea and wasting, and is transmissible to humans in whom it usually occurs as an atypical pneumonia accompanied by high fever—called also parrot fever; compare ornithosis

psittacotic \-ˈkät-ik, -ˈkōt-\play play adjective



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