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legionnaires' disease

noun, Pathology
1.
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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legionnaire's disease

noun
1.
a serious, sometimes fatal, infection, caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophila, which has symptoms similar to those of pneumonia: believed to be spread by inhalation of contaminated water vapour from showers and air-conditioning plants
Word Origin
C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at Philadelphia in 1976
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legionnaires' disease in Medicine

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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