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

Definition of brucellosis

: infection with or disease caused by brucellae

Examples of brucellosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Marine mammals also carry disease, from brucellosis to toxoplasmosis, which is the U.S.'s leading cause of death from foodborne illnesses. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "More people are eating marine animals—with deadly results," 22 May 2019 The researchers found samples of Brucella melitensis, which is a harmful bacteria that causes the disease brucellosis. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Find 3,000 Year Old Cheese," 20 Aug. 2018 Basically anything that can give you a fever, including autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis Notice a pattern with tuberculosis, brucellosis, and HIV/AIDS? Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 National Park Service officials green-lighted the program Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that will test captured bison for the disease brucellosis, which causes animals to abort their young. Washington Post, "Yellowstone launches program to establish new bison herds," 16 May 2018 The student—the university never released his or her identity—recovered from brucellosis but was seriously ill for several months. Susan Scutti, Newsweek, "The Only Thing Scarier Than Bio-Warfare is the Antidote," 13 Mar. 2014 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, "Is poisonous ‘nasty salt’ the cure for South Carolina’s wild hog problem?," 23 Dec. 2017 Montana livestock officials restrict when and where Yellowstone bison can migrate to prevent them from spreading the disease brucellosis to cattle. Washington Post, "Appeals court backs wildlife activist in free speech case," 24 July 2017 The first had brucellosis, an uncommon foodborne disorder. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "He had fever, night sweats, joint pain: Food poisoning’s other symptoms," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of brucellosis

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for brucellosis

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