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psittacosis

[sit-uh-koh-sis] /ˌsɪt əˈkoʊ sɪs/
noun, Pathology
1.
a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans.
Also called ornithosis, parrot fever.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < Latin psittac(us) parrot (< Greek psittakós) + -osis
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British Dictionary definitions for psittacoses

psittacosis

/ˌsɪtəˈkəʊsɪs/
noun
1.
a disease of parrots, caused by the obligate intracellular parasite Chlamydia psittaci, that can be transmitted to man, in whom it produces inflammation of the lungs and pneumonia Also called parrot fever, ornithosis
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin psittacus a parrot, from Greek psittakos; see -osis
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psittacoses in Medicine

psittacosis psit·ta·co·sis (sĭt'ə-kō'sĭs)
n.
An infectious disease of parrots and related birds caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci, that is communicable to humans, in whom it produces high fever, severe headache, and symptoms similar to pneumonia. Also called parrot fever.

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