an acute, sometimes fatal disease of rodents, birds, and other animals, including humans, caused by the bacterium Yersinia (Pasteurella ) pseudotuberculosis, and characterized by the formation of nodules resembling those that result from tuberculosis.
any disease resembling tuberculosis but caused by an organism other than Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Origin: 1895–1900;pseudo- + tuberculosis; def. 1 after the specific epithet of the bacterium causing the disease
pseudotuberculosis pseu·do·tu·ber·cu·lo·sis (sōō'dō-tu-bûr'kyə-lō'sĭs, -tyu-) n. Any of several diseases characterized by granulomas that resemble tubercular nodules but that are not caused by the tubercle bacillus.