legionnaires disease

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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legionnaire's disease or legionnaires' disease
 
n
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
 
[C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at Philadelphia in 1976]
 
legionnaires' disease or legionnaires' disease
 
n
 
[C20: after the outbreak at a meeting of the American Legion at 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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