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leptospirosis

[lep-toh-spahy-roh-sis] /ˌlɛp toʊ spaɪˈroʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology, Veterinary Pathology
1.
an infectious disease of humans and of horses, dogs, swine, and other animals, caused by the spirochete Leptospira interrogans and characterized by fever, muscle pain, and jaundice, and in severe cases involving the liver and kidney.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; < Neo-Latin; see leptospira, -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for leptospiroses

leptospirosis

/ˌlɛptəʊspaɪˈrəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
any of several infectious diseases caused by spirochaete bacteria of the genus Leptospira, transmitted to man by animals and characterized by jaundice, meningitis, and kidney failure Also called Weil's disease
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin Leptospira (lepto- + Greek speira coil + -osis)
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leptospiroses in Medicine

leptospirosis lep·to·spi·ro·sis (lěp'tō-spī-rō'sĭs)
n.
Any of a group of infectious diseases that are caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira, are characterized by jaundice and fever, and are transmitted to humans by contact with the urine of infected animals.

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Encyclopedia Article for leptospiroses

leptospirosis

acute systemic illness of animals, occasionally communicable to humans, that is characterized by extensive inflammation of the blood vessels. It is caused by a spirochete, or spiral-shaped bacterium, of the genus Leptospira.

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