leptospirosis

noun

lep·​to·​spi·​ro·​sis ˌlep-tə-spī-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio)
plural leptospiroses ˌlep-tə-spī-ˈrō-ˌsēz How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio)
: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals that are caused by infection with leptospires

Examples of leptospirosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wellness addition covers 100 percent of preventative care, which includes vaccines for rabies and leptospirosis, a bacterial disease spread through urine. Hang Nguyen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The man had a rare but severe bout of leptospirosis, which is a bacterial infection marked by fever, jaundice, kidney failure, and hemorrhage. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Jan. 2023 Exposure to the contaminated waters can also lead to tetanus and leptospirosis, a rare illness from floodwater that is a bacterial disease spread through the urine of infected animals, according to the CDC. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2023 Examples are Bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme vaccines, all of which protect against bacterial diseases. Lee Pickett, Arkansas Online, 17 July 2023 Their urine can kill, too, through leptospirosis, an infection that can lead to meningitis and kidney failure. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 27 July 2023 The agency noted that leptospirosis is most common in temperate or tropical climates and that incidence of leptospirosis infection among urban children appears to be increasing. Julia Musto, Fox News, 20 Oct. 2021 Thomas Gillespie, a professor of environmental sciences at Emory University, wanted to investigate whether stress affects when cave-dwelling bats in Costa Rica shed leptospirosis, a type of bacteria that can be deadly to humans. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, 23 May 2023 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bacteria that cause leptospirosis spread through the urine of infected animals, and can survive for weeks or months in water or soil. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leptospirosis was circa 1926

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“Leptospirosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leptospirosis. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

leptospirosis

noun
lep·​to·​spi·​ro·​sis ˌlep-tə-spī-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio)
plural leptospiroses -ˌsēz How to pronounce leptospirosis (audio)
: any of several diseases of humans and domestic animals (as cattle and dogs) that are caused by infection with spirochetes of the genus Leptospira

called also lepto

see stuttgart disease, weil's disease

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