a type of acute pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila bacterium and characterized by fever, chest pain, cough, and muscle aches.
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Origin of legionnaires' disease
So called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976
Words nearby legionnaires' disease
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British Dictionary definitions for legionnaires' disease
a serious, sometimes fatal, infection, caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, which has symptoms similar to those of pneumonia: believed to be spread by inhalation of contaminated water vapour from showers and air-conditioning plants
Word Origin for legionnaire's disease
C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at Philadelphia in 1976
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Medical definitions for legionnaires' disease
[ lē′jə-nârz′ ]
An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by Legionella pneumophila and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough.legionellosis
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