nocardiosis

[ nō-kär′dē-ōsĭs ]

n.

A generalized disease in humans that is caused by Nocardia asteroides or occasionally by N. farcinica and that is characterized by pulmonary lesions that may be subclinical or chronic and may spread to other organs of the body, especially the brain.

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