psittacosis

[ sit-uh-koh-sis ]

nounPathology.
  1. a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans.

Origin of psittacosis

1
1895–1900; <Latin psittac(us) parrot (<Greek psittakós) + -osis

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British Dictionary definitions for psittacosis

psittacosis

/ (ˌsɪtəˈkəʊsɪs) /


noun
  1. 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 pneumonia: Also called: parrot fever, ornithosis

Origin of psittacosis

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

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