• synonyms

fowl pox

noun Veterinary Pathology.

a virus disease of chickens and other birds characterized by warty excrescences on the comb and wattles, and often by diphtherialike changes in the mucous membranes of the head.


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Nearby words

fowl, fowl cholera, fowl mite, fowl paralysis, fowl pest, fowl pox, fowl typhoid, fowler, fowler flap, fowler's position, fowler's toad

Origin of fowl pox

First recorded in 1905–10
Also called avian diphtheria, avian pox. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019