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beaver fever

noun
1.
Western U.S. giardiasis.

giardiasis

[jee-ahr-dahy-uh-sis, jahr-] /ˌdʒi ɑrˈdaɪ ə sɪs, dʒɑr-/
noun, Pathology
1.
an intestinal disorder characterized by abdominal discomfort and prolonged, intermittent diarrhea, caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia and contracted by drinking untreated water, as of streams or ponds, contaminated with the feces of infected animals.
Also called beaver fever.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; see giardia, -asis
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British Dictionary definitions for beaver-fever

beaver fever

noun
1.
(Canadian) an infectious disease caused by drinking water that has been contaminated by wildlife

giardiasis

/ˌdʒaɪɑːˈdaɪəsɪs/
noun
1.
infection with the parasitic protozoan Giardia lamblia, which can cause severe diarrhoea
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beaver-fever in Medicine

giardiasis gi·ar·di·a·sis (jē'är-dī'ə-sĭs)
n.
A condition in which the intenstines are infected with the protozoan Giardia lamblia. Also called lambliasis.

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beaver-fever in Science
giardiasis
  (jē'är-dī'ə-sĭs)   
An intestinal infection caused by the protozoan Giardia lamblia. It is usually asymptomatic in humans but can cause diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramping. Giardiasis is most commonly transmitted by contaminated water and by direct contact among individuals in group settings.
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