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coccidioidomycosis

[kok-sid-ee-oi-doh-mahy-koh-sis] /kɒkˌsɪd iˌɔɪ doʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
a disease caused by inhaling spores of Coccidioides fungi, characterized by fever, respiratory infection, and reddish bumps on the skin, common in hot, semiarid regions, especially in southwestern U. S. and Mexico.
Also called cocci, desert fever, San Joaquin Valley fever, valley fever.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; < New Latin Coccidioid(es) name of the genus (see coccidium, -oid) + -o- + mycosis
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British Dictionary definitions for coccidioidomycoses

coccidioidomycosis

/kɒkˌsɪdɪˌɔɪdəʊmaɪˈkəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
a disease of the skin or viscera, esp the lungs, caused by infection with the fungus Coccidioides immitis
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin Coccidioides + -o- + mycosis
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coccidioidomycoses in Medicine

coccidioidomycosis coc·cid·i·oi·do·my·co·sis (kŏk-sĭd'ē-oi'dō-mī-kō'sĭs)
n.
An infectious respiratory disease of humans and other animals caused by inhaling the fungus Coccidioides immitis; it is characterized by fever and various respiratory symptoms. Also called valley fever.

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Encyclopedia Article for coccidioidomycoses

coccidioidomycosis

an infectious disease caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis. C. immitis can be found in the soil, and most infections occur during dry spells in semiarid regions of the southwestern United States, especially around the San Joaquin Valley, and in the Chaco region of Argentina; dust storms have caused outbreaks of the infection in humans.

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