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[zoh-on-uh-sis, zoh-uh-noh-sis] /zoʊˈɒn ə sɪs, ˌzoʊ əˈnoʊ sɪs/
noun, plural zoonoses
[zoh-on-uh-seez, zoh-uh-noh-seez] /zoʊˈɒn əˌsiz, ˌzoʊ əˈnoʊ siz/ (Show IPA)
Pathology. any disease of animals communicable to humans.
Origin of zoonosis
1875-80; < New Latin, irregular < Greek zōio- zoo- + nósos sickness, with ending apparently conformed to -sis
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zoonotic [zoh-uh-not-ik] /ˌzoʊ əˈnɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA), adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for zoonotic


/zəʊˈɒnəsɪs; ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(pathol) any infection or disease that is transmitted to man from lower vertebrates
Word Origin
from zoo- + Greek nosos disease
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Word Origin and History for zoonotic

1900, from zoonosis + -ic.



plural zoonoses, 1876, from comb. form of Greek zoion "animal" (see zoo) + nosos "disease."

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zoonotic in Medicine

zoonosis zo·on·o·sis (zō-ŏn'ə-sĭs, zō'ə-nō'-)
n. pl. zo·on·o·ses (-sēz')
A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.

zo'o·not'ic (zō'ə-nŏt'ĭk) adj.
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