Johne's disease

noun

Joh·​ne's disease ˈyō-nəz- How to pronounce Johne's disease (audio)
: a chronic often fatal contagious enteritis of ruminants and especially of cattle that is caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium paratuberculosis) and is characterized by persistent diarrhea and gradual emaciation

Examples of Johne's disease in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Heinrich A. Johne †1910 German bacteriologist

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Johne's disease was in 1906

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Medical Definition

Johne's disease

noun
: a chronic often fatal enteritis especially of cattle that is caused by Johne's bacillus and is characterized by persistent diarrhea and gradual emaciation

called also paratuberculosis

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