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.

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
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
[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')
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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