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[mel-ee-oi-doh-sis] /ˌmɛl i ɔɪˈdoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology.
a contagious pulmonary disease of rodents that is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei and is frequently transmitted to humans in moist climates of southeastern Asia.
Origin of melioidosis
1920-25; < Greek mēlí(s) glanders, or a similar distemper affecting asses + -oid + -osis Unabridged
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melioidosis in Medicine

melioidosis mel·i·oi·do·sis (měl'ē-oi-dō'sĭs)
An infectious disease, primarily affecting rodents in India and Southeast Asia but also communicable to humans, that is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei; it produces a characteristic caseous nodule that breaks down into an abscess.

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