[ kok-sid-ee-oi-doh-mahy-koh-sis ]
/ kɒkˌsɪd iˌɔɪ doʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

a disease caused by inhaling spores of Coccidioides fungi, characterized by fever, respiratory infection, and reddish bumps on the skin, common in hot, semiarid regions, especially in southwestern U. S. and Mexico.

Origin of coccidioidomycosis

1935–40; < New Latin Coccidioid(es) name of the genus (see coccidium, -oid) + -o- + mycosis
Also called cocci, desert fever, San Joaquin Valley fever, valley fever. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coccidioidomycosis

/ (kɒkˌsɪdɪˌɔɪdəʊmaɪˈkəʊsɪs) /


a disease of the skin or viscera, esp the lungs, caused by infection with the fungus Coccidioides immitis

Word Origin for coccidioidomycosis

C20: from New Latin Coccidioides + -o- + mycosis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for coccidioidomycosis

[ kŏk-sĭd′ē-oi′dō-mī-kōsĭs ]


An infectious respiratory disease of humans and other animals caused by inhaling the fungus Coccidioides immitis; it is characterized by fever and various respiratory symptoms.valley fever
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