q-fever

Q fever

noun Pathology.
an acute, influenzalike disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetti.

Origin:
1935–40; abbreviation of query

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Q fever
 
n
an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
 
[C20: from q(uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)]

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

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