psittacosis


psit·ta·co·sis

noun \ˌsi-tə-ˈkō-səs\

Definition of PSITTACOSIS

:  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
psit·ta·co·tic \-ˈkä-tik, -ˈkō-\ adjective

Origin of PSITTACOSIS

New Latin, from Latin psittacus
First Known Use: 1897

psit·ta·co·sis

noun \ˌsit-ə-ˈkō-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural psit·ta·co·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of PSITTACOSIS

: an infectious disease of birds caused by a bacterium of the genus Chlamydia (C. psittaci), marked by diarrhea and wasting, and transmissible to humans in whom it usually occurs as an atypical pneumonia accompanied by high fever—called also parrot fever; compare ornithosis
psit·ta·co·tic \-ˈkät-ik, -ˈkōt-\ adjective

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