[zoh-on-uh-sis, zoh-uh-noh-sis]

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.

Nearby words

  1. zoometry,
  2. zoomorphic,
  3. zoomorphism,
  4. zoon,
  5. zoonal,
  6. zoonotic,
  7. zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis,
  8. zoonotic potential,
  9. zooparasite,
  10. zoophagous

Origin of zoonosis

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

Related formszo·o·not·ic [zoh-uh-not-ik] /ˌzoʊ əˈnɒt ɪk/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for zoonosis


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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Word Origin and History for zoonosis



plural zoonoses, 1876, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + nosos "disease."

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Medicine 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.
Related formszo′o•notic (zō′ə-nŏtĭk) adj.

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