[ awr-nuh-thoh-sis ]
/ ˌɔr nəˈθoʊ sɪs /

noun Veterinary Pathology.

psittacosis, especially of birds other than those of the parrot family.

Origin of ornithosis

From New Latin, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at ornith-, -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for ornithosis

/ (ˌɔːnɪˈθəʊsɪs) /


a disease identical to psittacosis that occurs in birds other than parrots and can be transmitted to man
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Medical definitions for ornithosis

[ ôr′nə-thōsĭs ]


A disease of birds caused by Chlamydia psittaci and contracted by humans through contact with infected birds.
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