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[broo-suh-loh-sis] /ˌbru səˈloʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.
infection with bacteria of the Brucella genus, frequently causing spontaneous abortions in animals and remittent fever in humans.
Origin of brucellosis
First recorded in 1925-30; brucell(a) + -osis Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for brucellosis


an infectious disease of cattle, goats, dogs, and pigs, caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella and transmittable to man (e.g. by drinking contaminated milk): symptoms include fever, chills, and severe headache Also called undulant fever
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin Brucella, named after Sir David Bruce (1855–1931), Australian bacteriologist and physician
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Word Origin and History for brucellosis

1930, Modern Latin, named for Scottish physician Sir David Bruce (1855-1931), who discovered the bacteria that caused it (1887).

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brucellosis in Medicine

brucellosis bru·cel·lo·sis (brōō'sə-lō'sĭs)
An infectious disease caused by any of several species of Brucella and marked by fever, sweating, weakness, and headache. It is transmitted to humans by direct contact with diseased animals or through ingestion of infested meat, milk, or cheese. Also called Bang's disease, Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, Rock fever, undulant fever.

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brucellosis in Science
An infectious disease caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella, transmitted to humans by contact with infected domestic animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, and dogs. In humans, brucellosis is marked by fever, malaise, and headache. It can also occur in some forms of wildlife, such as bison, and can cause spontaneous abortions in infected animals.
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