psittacosis

noun
psit·​ta·​co·​sis | \ ˌsi-tə-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) \

Definition of psittacosis

: an infectious disease of birds caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci synonym Chlamydophila psittaci), marked by diarrhea and wasting, and transmissible to humans in whom it occurs as a flu-like illness often accompanied by pneumonia

called also ornithosis, parrot fever

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Other Words from psittacosis

psittacotic \ ˌsi-​tə-​ˈkä-​tik How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) , -​ˈkō-​ How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) \ adjective

Examples of psittacosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1929 and 1930, there was a global outbreak of psittacosis, an infectious disease that can be transferred from birds to humans. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Contrary to Popular Legend, Jimi Hendrix Did Not Introduce an Invasive Parakeet to the U.K.," 12 Dec. 2019 The birds also could transmit diseases to humans, such as psittacosis (parrot fever), avian flu and salmonella, The Guardian reported. Fox News, "Madrid to cull nearly 12,000 invasive parakeets over threats to environment, public safety," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of psittacosis

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psittacosis

New Latin, from Latin psittacus

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“Psittacosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psittacosis. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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psittacosis

noun
psit·​ta·​co·​sis | \ ˌsit-ə-ˈkō-səs How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) \
plural psittacoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of psittacosis

: an infectious disease of birds that is caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci synonym Chlamydophila psittaci), is marked by diarrhea and wasting, and is transmissible to humans in whom it usually occurs as an atypical pneumonia accompanied by high fever

called also parrot fever

— compare ornithosis

Other Words from psittacosis

psittacotic \ -​ˈkät-​ik How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) , -​ˈkōt-​ How to pronounce psittacosis (audio) \ adjective

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