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Q fever

noun, Pathology.
an acute, influenzalike disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetti.
Origin of Q fever
1935-40; abbreviation of query Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for q-fever

Q fever

an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
Word Origin
C20: from q(uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)
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q-fever in Medicine

Q fever n.
An infectious disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii, characterized by fever, malaise, and muscular pains.

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