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

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Recent Examples on the Web Several years later, Elion and Hitchings developed the anti-malarial agent pyrimethamine, which is now used primarily to treat a potentially fatal foodborne illness called toxoplasmosis. Patrick Adams, National Geographic, "Meet the woman who gave the world antiviral drugs," 31 Aug. 2020 In 2019, an animal advocacy group called the White Coat Waste Project brought scrutiny against a USDA research program studying toxoplasmosis. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The F.D.A. Will Now Allow Lab Animals to Be Adopted," 11 Feb. 2020 Daraprim is the gold standard treatment for a rare, potentially fatal parasitic infection known as toxoplasmosis. Riley Griffin,, "Martin Shkreli Sued Over Alleged Antitrust Violation in Drug Pricing," 27 Jan. 2020 In most people, toxoplasmosis is easily contained by the immune system and causes no symptoms, according to the complaint. Riley Griffin,, "Martin Shkreli Sued Over Alleged Antitrust Violation in Drug Pricing," 27 Jan. 2020 The experiments were intended to study a parasite that causes the foodborne illness toxoplasmosis and cost $22 million over several years before getting shut down in 2019. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Taxpayer-funded animal experiments tied to Chinese 'wet markets' and Wuhan laboratory," 10 Apr. 2020 Daraprim treats toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Martin Shkreli, Associate Tried to Block Generic Versions of Drug, Lawsuit Claims," 27 Jan. 2020 Daraprim, also known as pyrimethamine, is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can cause damage to the brain, eyes or other organs in severe cases, the FDA said. Shelby Lin Erdman And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "FDA approves generic form of $750 pill Daraprim," 29 Feb. 2020 The drug treats the infection toxoplasmosis, which can be particularly damaging for pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, including patients with HIV or AIDS. Damian Garde, STAT, "FDA approves a generic version of the drug Martin Shkreli monopolized," 28 Feb. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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