Definition of histoplasmosis
: a respiratory disease with symptoms like those of influenza that is caused by a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) and is marked by benign involvement of lymph nodes of the trachea and bronchi or by severe progressive generalized involvement of the lymph nodes and tissues (as of the liver or spleen) rich in macrophages
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Cohen put the property up for sale in 1978 when the property was linked to the nation’s largest outbreak of histoplasmosis, a flu-like respiratory disease.
A resident shared a story of his sister diagnosed with histoplasmosis, a disease contracted when airborne spores of the fungus histoplasma capsulatum are inhaled into the lungs.
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Origin and Etymology of histoplasmosis
New Latin, from Histoplasma, genus of fungi
First Known Use: 1907See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of histoplasmosis
: a respiratory disease with symptoms like those of influenza that is endemic in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys of the United States, is caused by infection with a fungus of the genus Histoplasma (H. capsulatum), and is marked by benign involvement of lymph nodes of the trachea and bronchi usually without symptoms or by severe progressive generalized involvement of the lymph nodes and macrophage-rich tissues (as of the liver and spleen) with fever, anemia, leukopenia and often with local lesions (as of the skin, mouth, or throat)
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