psittacosis

noun
psit·​ta·​co·​sis | \ˌsi-tə-ˈkō-səs \

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

Other Words from psittacosis

psittacotic \ˌsi-​tə-​ˈkä-​tik, -​ˈkō-​ \ adjective

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

noun
psit·​ta·​co·​sis | \ˌsit-ə-ˈkō-səs \
plural psittacoses\-​ˌsēz \

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, -​ˈkōt-​ \ adjective

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