shig·​el·​lo·​sis | \ ˌshi-gə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \
plural shigelloses\ ˌshi-​gə-​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \

Definition of shigellosis

: dysentery caused by shigellae

Examples of shigellosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The conditions are ripe for the spread of hepatitis, COVID-19, typhus, shigellosis, tuberculosis, scabies, and other communicable diseases within the camps themselves. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, 24 July 2020 At the same time, some common STIs, such as gonorrhea and shigellosis, are becoming harder to treat because of antibiotic resistance. Jason Gale | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 19 July 2019 Texas Beach Watch lists potential illnesses that could result from ingesting that dangerous water including Bacterial infections such as cholera, salmonellosis, shigellosis, and gastroenteritis. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, 21 June 2019 In the colonias, that has led to higher rates of hepatitis A, salmonellosis, shigellosis and tuberculosis compared with the rest of the state, according to researchers at the University of Texas. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, 23 Apr. 2018 The number of cases of shigellosis ((pronounced she-guh-LO-sis) throughout the state has totaled 454 so far this year. Christine Hauser, New York Times, 4 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of shigellosis

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shigellosis

New Latin

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“Shigellosis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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shig·​el·​lo·​sis | \ ˌshig-ə-ˈlō-səs How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \
plural shigelloses\ -​ˈlō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce shigellosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of shigellosis

: infection with or dysentery caused by bacteria of the genus Shigella

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