[ mel-ee-oi-doh-sis ]
/ ˌmɛl i ɔɪˈdoʊ sɪs /

noun Pathology.

a contagious pulmonary disease of rodents that is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei and is frequently transmitted to humans in moist climates of southeastern Asia.

Nearby words

  1. melilite,
  2. melilla,
  3. melilot,
  4. melinda,
  5. melinite,
  6. meliorate,
  7. melioration,
  8. meliorative,
  9. meliorism,
  10. meliority

Origin of melioidosis

1920–25; < Greek mēlí(s) glanders, or a similar distemper affecting asses + -oid + -osis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for melioidosis


[ mĕl′ē-oi-dōsĭs ]


An infectious disease, primarily affecting rodents in India and Southeast Asia but also communicable to humans, that is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei; it produces a characteristic caseous nodule that breaks down into an abscess.

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