pullorum disease


pul·​lo·​rum disease pə-ˈlȯr-əm- How to pronounce pullorum disease (audio)
: a destructive typically diarrheal salmonellosis especially of young domestic chickens that is caused by a bacterium (Salmonella pullorum)

Examples of pullorum disease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Utah, for example, requires some cattle to test negative or be vaccinated for brucellosis, a bacterial infection, while Maryland requires chickens to test negative for pullorum disease and typhoid. Linda Qiu, New York Times, 20 May 2024

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Word History


New Latin pullorum (specific epithet of Salmonella pullorum), from Latin, of chickens (genitive plural of pullus)

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pullorum disease was in 1929

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“Pullorum disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pullorum%20disease. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

pullorum disease

pul·​lo·​rum disease pə-ˈlōr-əm-, -ˈlȯr- How to pronounce pullorum disease (audio)
: a destructive typically diarrheic salmonellosis especially of the domestic chicken caused by a bacterium of the genus Salmonella (S. pullorum) which is transmitted either through the egg or from chick to chick

called also pullorum

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