[ zoh-on-uh-sis, zoh-uh-noh-sis ]
/ zoʊˈɒn ə sɪs, ˌzoʊ əˈnoʊ sɪs /

noun, plural zo·on·o·ses [zoh-on-uh-seez, zoh-uh-noh-seez] /zoʊˈɒn əˌsiz, ˌzoʊ əˈnoʊ siz/.

Pathology. any disease of animals communicable to humans.

Origin of zoonosis

1875–80; < New Latin, irregular < Greek zōio- zoo- + nósos sickness, with ending apparently conformed to -sis


zo·o·not·ic [zoh-uh-not-ik] /ˌzoʊ əˈnɒt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for zoonosis

/ (zəʊˈɒnəsɪs, ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-siːz)

pathol any infection or disease that is transmitted to man from lower vertebrates

Word Origin for zoonosis

from zoo- + Greek nosos disease
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Medical definitions for zoonosis

[ zō-ŏnə-sĭs, zō′ə-nō- ]

n. pl. zo•on•o•ses (-sēz′)

A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.

Other words from zoonosis

zo′o•notic (zō′ə-nŏtĭk) adj.
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