bird flu

noun
Updated on: 31 Dec 2017

Definition of bird flu

: avian influenza; specifically : severe often fatal influenza A caused by strains of a subtype (H5N1) of the causative orthomyxovirus that have produced epidemics in domestic birds especially in Asia with sporadic associated human infections

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First Known Use of bird flu

1980


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bird flu

noun \ ˈbərd- \

medical Definition of bird flu

: avian influenza; specifically : severe often fatal influenza A caused by strains of a subtype (H5N1) of the causative orthomyxovirus that have produced epidemics in domestic birds especially in Asia with sporadic associated human infections

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