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Newcastle disease

noun Veterinary Pathology.
a rapidly spreading virus-induced disease of birds and domestic fowl, as chickens, marked by respiratory difficulty, reduced egg production and, in chicks, paralysis.


Origin:
after Newcastle-upon-Tyne, near which the disease was first reported in 1927

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Newcastle disease
 
n
an acute viral disease of birds, esp poultry, characterized by pneumonia and inflammation of the central nervous system
 
[C20: named after Newcastle upon Tyne, where it was recorded in 1926]

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