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 More recently, a shigellosis outbreak that started last October was first identified among people experiencing homelessness. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2022 More recently, 53 cases of shigellosis were detected in an outbreak that started among homeless people last October. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 Worries grew recently over a modest outbreak among San Diego’s homeless population of shigellosis, which can cause fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Dec. 2021 San Diego County identified 29 cases of shigellosis among homeless people last year and 19 so far this year, including the six in the past week and a half. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Today, human challenges conducted under the supervision of institutional review boards are routinely used to research diseases such as influenza, malaria, cholera, salmonella, shigellosis and norovirus. WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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