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desert fever

noun, Pathology


[kok-sid-ee-oi-doh-mahy-koh-sis] /kɒkˌsɪd iˌɔɪ doʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
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 of coccidioidomycosis
1935-40; < New Latin Coccidioid(es) name of the genus (see coccidium, -oid) + -o- + mycosis Unabridged
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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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desert fever in Medicine

desert fever des·ert fever (děz'ərt)
See primary coccidioidomycosis.

coccidioidomycosis coc·cid·i·oi·do·my·co·sis (kŏk-sĭd'ē-oi'dō-mī-kō'sĭs)
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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