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psittacosis

[ sit-uh-koh-sis ]
/ ˌsɪt əˈkoʊ sɪs /
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noun Pathology.
a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans.
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Also called ornithosis, parrot fever.

Origin of psittacosis

1895–1900; <Latin psittac(us) parrot (<Greek psittakós) + -osis

Words nearby psittacosis

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British Dictionary definitions for psittacosis

psittacosis
/ (ˌsɪtəˈkəʊsɪs) /

noun
a disease of parrots, caused by the obligate intracellular parasite Chlamydia psittaci, that can be transmitted to man, in whom it produces inflammation of the lungs and pneumoniaAlso called: parrot fever, ornithosis

Word Origin for psittacosis

C19: from New Latin, from Latin psittacus a parrot, from Greek psittakos; see -osis
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