legionnaires' dis-ease

legionnaires' disease

noun Pathology.
a type of acute pneumonia caused by Legionella pneumophila bacterium and characterized by fever, chest pain, cough, and muscle aches.

Origin:
so called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976

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Legionnaires' disease Le·gion·naires' disease (lē'jə-nârz')
n.
An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by Legionella pneumophila and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough. Also called legionellosis.

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