tularemia

noun
tu·​la·​re·​mia | \ ˌtü-lə-ˈrē-mē-ə How to pronounce tularemia (audio) , ˌtyü- \

Definition of tularemia

: an infectious disease especially of wild rabbits, rodents, some domestic animals, and humans that is caused by a bacterium (Francisella tularensis), is transmitted especially by the bites of insects, and in humans is marked by symptoms (such as fever) of toxemia

called also rabbit fever

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Other Words from tularemia

tularemic \ ˌtü-​lə-​ˈrē-​mik How to pronounce tularemia (audio) , ˌtyü-​ \ adjective

Examples of tularemia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on his work on bio-threat tularemia, the team will try to engineer a vaccine with antibodies that would prevent the coronavirus’s signature spikes from entering cells. ExpressNews.com, "Express Briefing: Texas lawmakers warn of voter fraud, but will they pay to prevent it?," 15 Oct. 2020 Cases of Lyme disease, Powassan virus; spotted fever rickettsiosis, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tularemia all increased last year. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Diseases spread by ticks hit record level in U.S.," 14 Nov. 2018 There are a number of ways humans can contract tularemia, a bacterial infection caused by Francisella tularensis. Karen Pallarito, Health.com, "11 Tick-Borne Diseases You Need to Know About This Summer," 25 June 2020 The Microbe institute, originally dedicated wholly to bubonic plague but later expanded to tackle other infections such as cholera, yellow fever, anthrax and tularemia, models the spread of the coronavirus. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "How Bubonic Plague Has Helped Russia Fight the Coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 Less than 48 hours later, the results came back: Mr. Springer had tularemia, or rabbit fever, a rare bacterial infection transmitted by animals and ticks that sickens fewer than 200 Americans a year. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "New Genomic Tests Aim to Diagnose Deadly Infections Faster," 24 Feb. 2020 The dead hares could have possibly contracted an infectious disease known as tularemia. Fox News, "Alaska officials warn hares could spread deadly disease to people, pets," 8 June 2019 Beyond that, tularemia infection can happen from breathing in matter such as dust that contains Francisella tularensis bacteria, like while gardening. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "8 Tick-Borne Illnesses That Aren’t Lyme Disease," 26 July 2019 If a pet is infected, people, too, can contract tularemia via their pet’s saliva or by handling infected hares. Fox News, "Alaska officials warn hares could spread deadly disease to people, pets," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of tularemia

1921, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tularemia

New Latin, from Tulare County, California

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“Tularemia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tularemia. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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tularemia

noun
tu·​la·​re·​mia
variants: or chiefly British tularaemia \ ˌt(y)ü-​lə-​ˈrē-​mē-​ə How to pronounce tularemia (audio) \

Medical Definition of tularemia

: an infectious disease especially of wild rabbits, rodents, some domestic animals, and humans that is caused by a bacterium (Francisella tularensis), is transmitted especially by the bites of insects, and in humans is marked by symptoms (as fever) of toxemia

called also rabbit fever

Other Words from tularemia

tularemic or chiefly British tularaemic \ -​mik How to pronounce tularemia (audio) \ adjective

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