brucellosis

noun
bru·​cel·​lo·​sis | \ ˌbrü-sə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce brucellosis (audio) \
plural brucelloses\ ˌbrü-​sə-​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce brucellosis (audio) \

Definition of brucellosis

: infection with or disease caused by brucellae

Examples of brucellosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bison routinely leave Yellowstone and head north into Montana each winter, raising concerns that the animals could spread brucellosis to cattle. CBS News, 6 Dec. 2021 Bison routinely leave Yellowstone and head north into Montana each winter, raising concerns that the animals could spread brucellosis to cattle. NBC News, 6 Dec. 2021 This is largely because many livestock ranchers don’t want the competition for space and grass, and are worried about the spread of brucellosis, a disease that can cause livestock, as well as deer, elk, and other wildlife, to miscarry their fetuses. Louise Johns, Wired, 12 June 2021 This is largely because many livestock ranchers don’t want the competition for space and grass, and are worried about the spread of brucellosis, a disease that can cause livestock, as well as deer, elk, and other wildlife, to miscarry their fetuses. Louise Johns, Wired, 12 June 2021 The risk that bison will spread brucellosis—the disease that causes miscarriages in livestock and which can be transmitted between the two species—also alarms many ranchers and fuels their resistance to the idea of free-roaming bison. Louise Johns, Wired, 12 June 2021 Most bison that leave the park during their winter migration to feeding grounds outside the park are shot by hunters or shipped to slaughter because of worries about brucellosis. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, 27 Apr. 2021 Yellow fever, various forms of influenza, rabies, brucellosis and Lyme disease are among those that pass from animals to humans, often via a vector such as a rodent or an insect. Sam Kiley, CNN, 22 Dec. 2020 About one-third of 119 hogs trapped at Congaree National Park from 2006-2010 carried pseudorabies and brucellosis, the latter of which can be transmitted to humans and cause what’s known as undulant fever. Sammy Fretwell, charlotteobserver, 23 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of brucellosis

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brucellosis

New Latin

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10 Dec 2021

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“Brucellosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brucellosis. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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brucellosis

noun
bru·​cel·​lo·​sis | \ ˌbrü-sə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce brucellosis (audio) \
plural brucelloses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce brucellosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of brucellosis

1 : a disease of domestic animals caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella (Brucella melitensis of goats, B. suis of swine and rarely cattle, B. abortus of cattle and rarely swine, and B. canis of dogs) and is marked especially by abortion — see bang's disease, contagious abortion
2 : an acute or chronic disease of humans that is acquired especially through direct contact with animals or animal products (as unpasteurized milk) infected with bacteria of the genus Brucella and is characterized by fever, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, loss of appetite, and swelling of internal organs (as the liver or heart)

called also Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, undulant fever

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