[ kok-sid-ee-oh-sis ]
/ kɒkˌsɪd iˈoʊ sɪs /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

any of a series of specific infectious diseases caused by epithelial protozoan parasites, which may affect the intestines of birds, domestic animals, or dogs.

Origin of coccidiosis

1890–95; < New Latin Coccidi(a) (see coccidium) + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coccidiosis


/ (kɒkˌsɪdɪˈəʊsɪs) /


any disease of domestic and other animals caused by introcellular parasitic protozoa of the order Coccidia. One species, Isospora hominis, can infect humans

Word Origin for coccidiosis

C19: from New Latin; see coccus, -osis
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Word Origin and History for coccidiosis



Modern Latin, from Greek *kokkidion, diminutive of kokkis, diminutive of kokkos "berry" + -osis.

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Medicine definitions for coccidiosis


[ kŏk-sĭd′ē-ōsĭs ]


An intestinal disease caused by a coccidium.
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