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pullorum disease

[puh-lawr-uh m, -lohr-] /pəˈlɔr əm, -ˈloʊr-/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
a highly contagious, frequently fatal disease of young poultry caused by the bacterium Salmonella gallinarum (pullorum), transmitted by the infected hen during egg production, and characterized by weakness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
Origin of pullorum disease
1925-30; < New Latin (Bacterium) pullorum former name of the bacterium, Latin pullōrum, genitive plural of pullus cockerel, chicken (see pullet) Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for pullorum disease

pullorum disease

an acute serious bacterial disease of very young birds, esp chickens, characterized by a whitish diarrhoea: caused by Salmonella pullorum, transmitted during egg production Also called bacillary white diarrhoea
Word Origin
Latin pullōrum of chickens, from pullus chicken
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