- 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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- an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
C20: from q (uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)
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- An infectious disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, characterized by fever, malaise, and muscular pains.
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