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avian influenza

[ ey-vee-uhn in-floo-en-zuh ]
/ ˈeɪ vi ən ˌɪn fluˈɛn zə /
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noun Pathology
a form of influenza that afflicts poultry and other birds, and that is transmissible to humans: An earlier outbreak of avian influenza had been reported in the Northeast last month.
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Also a·vi·an flu [ey-vee-uhn floo] /ˈeɪ vi ən ˌflu/ .
Also called bird flu [burd-floo], /ˈbɜrd ˌflu/, fowl plague [foul-pleyg] /ˈfaʊl ˌpleɪg/ .

Origin of avian influenza

First recorded in 1965–70

Words nearby avian influenza

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How to use avian influenza in a sentence

Medical definitions for avian influenza

avian influenza

n.
A potentially fatal infection in birds caused by any of various subtypes of the influenza type A virus, especially the H5N1 virus, which is highly contagious among birds and can be transmitted to humans who have been in direct contact with infected birds.
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