pullorum disease

[puh-lawr-uhm, -lohr-]
noun Veterinary Pathology.
a highly contagious, frequently fatal disease of young poultry caused by the bacterium Salmonella gallinarum (pullorum ), transmitted by the infected hen during egg production, and characterized by weakness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea.

1925–30; < Neo-Latin (Bacterium) pullorum former name of the bacterium, Latin pullōrum, genitive plural of pullus cockerel, chicken (see pullet)

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pullorum disease (pʊˈlɔːrəm)
Also called: bacillary white diarrhoea an acute serious bacterial disease of very young birds, esp chickens, characterized by a whitish diarrhoea: caused by Salmonella pullorum, transmitted during egg production
[Latin pullōrum of chickens, from pullus chicken]

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