whirling disease

noun
whirl·ing disease | \ˈhwər-liŋ-, ˈwər- \

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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At least two diseases made the list: white nose syndrome, which infects bats, and whirling disease, which attacks fish. Fox News, "Western US governors take aim at worst invasive species," 15 Mar. 2018 At least two diseases made the list: white nose syndrome, which infects bats, and whirling disease, which attacks fish. Washington Post, "Feral cats make Western Governor’s list of invasive species," 15 Mar. 2018

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1946, in the meaning defined above

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whirling disease

noun
whirl·ing disease | \ˈhwər(-ə)l-iŋ-, ˈwər(-ə)l- \

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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