reverse zoonosis

plural reverse zoonoses

Definition of reverse zoonosis

: an infection or disease that is transmissible from humans to animals under natural conditions But what about the opposite scenario: so-called "reverse zoonoses" which are diseases that humans can pass on to pets?— Pete Wedderburn also : the process of transmitting infection or disease from humans to animals This finding suggests reverse zoonosis of influenza viruses from humans to dromedaries. — Daniel K. W. Chu et al.

called also anthroponosis, zooanthroponosis

— compare zoonosis

Other Words from reverse zoonosis

reverse zoonotic adjective
reverse zoonotic disease transmission

First Known Use of reverse zoonosis

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse zoonosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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