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desert fever

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coccidioidomycosis

[kok-sid-ee-oi-doh-mahy-koh-sis]
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:
1935–40; < Neo-Latin Coccidioid(es) name of the genus (see coccidium, -oid) + -o- + mycosis

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coccidioidomycosis (kɒkˌsɪdɪˌɔɪdəʊmaɪˈkəʊsɪs)
 
n
a disease of the skin or viscera, esp the lungs, caused by infection with the fungus Coccidioides immitis
 
[C20: from New Latin Coccidioides + -o- + mycosis]

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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.

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

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