reverse zoonosis


plural reverse zoonoses
: 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
reverse zoonotic adjective
reverse zoonotic disease transmission

Examples of reverse zoonosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When pathogens spread from human to animals, it’s called reverse zoonoses. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2024 And the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has mentioned the possibility of reverse zoonosis — the virus moving from people into animal in Europe and gaining a foothold there. Helen Branswell, STAT, 4 June 2022 Another theory is known as reverse zoonosis, Venter added. Michael Nedelman, CNN, 1 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reverse zoonosis was in 1965

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“Reverse zoonosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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