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legionnaire's disease

noun
1.
a serious, sometimes fatal, infection, caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, which has symptoms similar to those of pneumonia: believed to be spread by inhalation of contaminated water vapour from showers and air-conditioning plants
Word Origin
C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at Philadelphia in 1976
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