[ zen-uh-dahy-uh g-noh-sis, zee-nuh- ]
/ ˌzɛn əˌdaɪ əgˈnoʊ sɪs, ˌzi nə- /
a method of diagnosing certain diseases caused by insects, ticks, or other vectors, by allowing uninfected vectors to feed on the patient and later examining them for infections.
Related formsxen·o·di·ag·nos·tic [zen-uh-dahy-uh g-nos-tik, zee-nuh-] /ˌzɛn əˌdaɪ əgˈnɒs tɪk, ˌzi nə-/, adjective
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Medicine definitions for xenodiagnosis
[ zĕn′ə-dī′əg-nō′sĭs, zē′nə- ]
n. pl. xen•o•di•ag•no•ses (-sēz)
Diagnosis of an infectious disease at an early stage by exposing a presumably infected individual or tissue to a clean, laboratory-bred mosquito, tick, or other vector and, following a suitable incubation period, examining the vector for the presence of the infective microorganism.
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