toxoplasmosis

noun
toxo·​plas·​mo·​sis | \ ˌtäk-sə-ˌplaz-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce toxoplasmosis (audio) \
plural toxoplasmoses\ ˌtäk-​sə-​ˌplaz-​ˈmō-​ˌsēz How to pronounce toxoplasmosis (audio) \

Definition of toxoplasmosis

: infection of humans, other mammals, or birds with disease caused by a toxoplasma (Toxoplasma gondii) that invades the tissues and may seriously damage the central nervous system especially of infants

Examples of toxoplasmosis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These generously sized mammals — adults range from 150 to 500 pounds — are known to spread more than 30 infectious diseases, 20 of which can be transmitted to humans, including leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis and tularemia. Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Swine can harbor dozens of diseases including E. coli, leptospirosis, giardia, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella. Thomas Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Feb. 2022 Swine can harbor dozens of diseases including E. coli, leptospirosis, giardia, toxoplasmosis and salmonella. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 Daraprim is a cheap, decades-old anti-parasitic drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, which often sickens people with compromised immune systems (such as AIDS patients) and can be deadly to newborns. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 14 Jan. 2022 Daraprim is known for treating a rare disease called toxoplasmosis that is especially destructive to cancer patients, pregnant women and people living with HIV/AIDS. Kyler Alvord, PEOPLE.com, 14 Jan. 2022 Daraprim is a cheap, life-saving, decades-old drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, which is caused by a common parasitic infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 Felines usually get toxoplasmosis from eating infected wild animals or raw meat, which makes outdoor pet cats particularly susceptible to the parasite. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Dec. 2021 Daraprim is used to treat toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite that can be deadly for those with HIV, as well as for others with health issues related to the immune system. NBC News, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of toxoplasmosis

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toxoplasmosis

New Latin

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9 Apr 2022

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“Toxoplasmosis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toxoplasmosis. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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toxoplasmosis

noun
toxo·​plas·​mo·​sis | \ -ˌplaz-ˈmō-səs How to pronounce toxoplasmosis (audio) \
plural toxoplasmoses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce toxoplasmosis (audio) \

Medical Definition of toxoplasmosis

: infection with or disease caused by a sporozoan of the genus Toxoplasma (T. gondii) that invades the tissues and may seriously damage the central nervous system especially of infants

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