whirling disease

noun
whirl·​ing disease | \ ˈ(h)wər-liŋ- How to pronounce whirling disease (audio) \

Definition of whirling disease

: an infectious often fatal disease especially of young salmonid fishes (such as trout and salmon) that is caused by a protozoan (Myxobolus cerebralis synonym Myxosoma cerebralis) and is marked by skeletal deformities and a tendency to swim in circles

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Recent Examples on the Web Rainbow trout once ruled the fishery but were wiped out by whirling disease in the 1990s. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 Yellow Creek, a river bisecting the property that was once one of the best trout fisheries in the state, has been infected by a pathogen that causes whirling disease, which is deadly to native trout. Spencer Silva, SFChronicle.com, 24 June 2019 At least two diseases made the list: white nose syndrome, which infects bats, and whirling disease, which attacks fish. Fox News, 15 Mar. 2018 At least two diseases made the list: white nose syndrome, which infects bats, and whirling disease, which attacks fish. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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20 Sep 2021

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“Whirling disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirling%20disease. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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whirling disease

noun
whirl·​ing disease | \ ˈhwər(-ə)l-iŋ- How to pronounce whirling disease (audio) , ˈwər(-ə)l- How to pronounce whirling disease (audio) \

Medical Definition of whirling disease

: an infectious often fatal disease of salmonid fish (as trout and salmon) that is caused by a protozoan (Myxobolus cerebralis synonym Myxosoma cerebralis) of the order Myxosporidia which attacks cartilage of the head and spinal cord especially of young fish and that causes the fish to swim in circles and is marked by skeletal deformities

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