noun Pathology, Veterinary Pathology.

infection with bacteria of the Brucella genus, frequently causing spontaneous abortions in animals and remittent fever in humans.

Nearby words

  1. brucella,
  2. brucella abortus,
  3. brucella melitensis,
  4. brucella suis,
  5. brucellaceae,
  6. bruch,
  7. bruch's membrane,
  8. bruch, max,
  9. brucine,
  10. brucite

Origin of brucellosis

First recorded in 1925–30; brucell(a) + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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 headacheAlso called: undulant fever

Word Origin for brucellosis

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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Medicine definitions for brucellosis




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 infected meat, milk, or cheese.Bang's disease Malta fever Mediterranean fever Rock fever undulant fever

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Science definitions for brucellosis



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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