Definition of zoonosis
zoonosesplay \zō-ˈä-nə-ˌsēz, ˌzō-ə-ˈnō-ˌsēz\
: an infection or disease that is transmissible from animals to humans under natural condtions; also : an infection or disease that is transmissible between animals and humans bidirectional zoonosis
zoonoticplay \ˌzō-ə-ˈnä-tik\ adjective
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Most emerging infectious diseases are zoonoses, diseases that originate in animals, and some may have the potential to trigger massive epidemics.
Dozens of such zoonoses—diseases that can jump from animals to humans—are carried by exotic pets.
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Origin and Etymology of zoonosis
New Latin, from zo- + Greek nosos disease
First Known Use: 1876See Words from the same year
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