avian influenza

noun
an acute, usually fatal viral disease of chickens and other domestic and wild birds except pigeons, characterized by sudden onset of symptoms including fever, swollen head and neck, bluish-black comb and wattle, and difficult respiration.
Also called bird plague, fowl plague.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To avian influenza
Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Main Entry:  Avian influenza
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See bird flu
Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Three experts discuss the new avian influenza controversy.
Over time mutation spawns new diseases: avian influenza becomes human
  influenza, bovine rinderpest becomes measles.
Yet it's unclear whether this vaccine will work against a more virulent strain
  of avian influenza.
And with avian influenza, it could happen all over again.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature