[puh-lawr-uh m, -lohr-]
- a highly contagious, frequently fatal disease of young poultry caused by the bacterium Salmonella gallinarum (pullorum), transmitted by the infected hen during egg production, and characterized by weakness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.
Origin of pullorum disease
1925–30; < New Latin (Bacterium) pullorum former name of the bacterium, Latin pullōrum, genitive plural of pullus cockerel, chicken (see pullet)
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- an acute serious bacterial disease of very young birds, esp chickens, characterized by a whitish diarrhoea: caused by Salmonella pullorum, transmitted during egg productionAlso called: bacillary white diarrhoea
Latin pullōrum of chickens, from pullus chicken