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 toxoplasmoses (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

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Pregnant people, in particular, should be especially aware of toxoplasmosis, an illness caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Unsanitary Is It to Kiss Your Pet on the Mouth?," 2 May 2019 But Daraprim, which costs pennies to make and is used to treat the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis — which is rare in the United States — still retails for more than $750 per pill, according to drug website GoodRx.com. Shefali Luthra, Washington Post, "For Shame: ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli Is In Prison, But Daraprim’s Price Is Still High," 4 May 2018 Infants can experience seizures, hearing loss, and even developmental disabilities from toxoplasmosis. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "How Cat Poop Can Affect Your Health," 9 Aug. 2018 Plus, there’s currently no vaccine to inoculate monk seals from toxoplasmosis the way that HMSRP has been doing as a preventative against a morbillivirus outbreak. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Any discussion of toxoplasmosis always lands blame at the paws—or feces—of cats. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 Daraprim is an antiparasitic used to treat toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by one of the most common parasites in the world. Jen Christensen, CNN, "The 5 most expensive drugs in the United States," 11 May 2018 Dear Cecil: Since each can cause microcephaly, is there any correlation between Zika (which everyone seems to fear) and toxoplasmosis (which most seem to have forgotten)? Cecil Adams, Chicago Reader, "Are Zika and toxoplasmosis related?," 27 Apr. 2018 Developed in 1953, Daraprim is the only approved treatment for toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease that can cause birth defects in unborn babies, and lead to seizures, blindness, and death in cancer patients and people with AIDS. Robert Reich, Newsweek, "Robert Reich: America Has A Martin Shkreli Problem," 13 Mar. 2018

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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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toxoplasmosis

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