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coccidioidomycosis

[ kok-sid-ee-oi-doh-mahy-koh-sis ]
/ kɒkˌsɪd iˌɔɪ doʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs /
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noun Pathology.
a fungal infection caused by inhaling Coccidioides spores, characterized by fever, respiratory illness, and reddish bumps on the skin, contracted especially in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America: While not an uncommon ailment, most people who breathe in the spores do not develop an infection.
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Also called des·ert fe·ver [dez-ert fee-ver], /ˈdɛz ərt ˈfi vər/, cocci, San Joaquin Valley fever, valley fever.

Origin of coccidioidomycosis

First recorded in 1935–40; Coccidioid(es) + -o- + mycosis

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British Dictionary definitions for coccidioidomycosis

coccidioidomycosis
/ (kɒkˌsɪdɪˌɔɪdəʊmaɪˈkəʊsɪs) /

noun
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
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