Q fever

noun

Definition of Q fever

: a disease characterized by high fever, chills, muscular pains, headache, and sometimes pneumonia that is caused by a bacterium (Coxiella burnetii of the family Coxiellaceae) of which domestic animals serve as reservoirs and that is transmitted to humans especially by inhalation of infectious airborne bacteria

First Known Use of Q fever

1937, in the meaning defined above

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Q fever

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Medical Definition of Q fever

: a disease that is characterized by high fever, chills, muscular pains, headache, and sometimes pneumonia, that is caused by a gram-negative bacterium of the genus Coxiella (C. burnetii) of which domestic animals serve as reservoirs, and that is transmitted to humans especially by inhalation of infectious airborne bacteria (as in contaminated dust)

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