Q fever


noun Pathology.

an acute, influenzalike disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetti.

Origin of Q fever

First recorded in 1935–40; abbreviation of query
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British Dictionary definitions for q fever

Q fever


noun

an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii

Word Origin for Q fever

C20: from q (uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)
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Medicine definitions for q fever

Q fever


n.

An infectious disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, characterized by fever, malaise, and muscular pains.
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