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ornithosis

[awr-nuh-thoh-sis] /ˌɔr nəˈθoʊ sɪs/
noun, Veterinary Pathology
1.
psittacosis, especially of birds other than those of the parrot family.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Neo-Latin; see ornith-, -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for ornithosis

ornithosis

/ˌɔːnɪˈθəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
a disease identical to psittacosis that occurs in birds other than parrots and can be transmitted to man
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ornithosis in Medicine

ornithosis or·ni·tho·sis (ôr'nə-thō'sĭs)
n.
A disease of birds caused by Chlamydia psittaci and contracted by humans through contact with infected birds.

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Encyclopedia Article for ornithosis

parrot fever

infectious disease of worldwide distribution caused by a bacterial parasite (Chlamydia psittaci) and transmitted to humans from various birds. The infection has been found in about 70 different species of birds; parrots and parakeets (Psittacidae, from which the disease is named), pigeons, turkeys, ducks, and geese are the principal sources of human infection.

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