Definition of brucellosis in English:

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brucellosis

Pronunciation: /ˌbro͞osəˈlōsəs/

noun

A bacterial disease typically affecting cattle and buffalo and causing undulant fever in humans.
  • This disease is caused by Gram-negative bacteria of the genus Brucella, in particular B. abortus.
Example sentences
  • Though now rare, chills and fevers in a butcher or veterinarian suggests brucellosis (undulant fever), a bacterial infection transferable from animals to man.
  • Other causes of encephalitis include influenza, listeriosis, brucellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, whooping cough, rabies and lead poisoning.
  • Acute bacterial infections, notably salmonellosis, brucellosis, pertussis, tuberculosis and rickettsial infections, can cause neutropenia.

Origin

1930s: from modern Latin Brucella + -osis: named after Sir David Bruce (1855–1931), the Scottish physician who identified the bacterium.

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Syllabification: bru·cel·lo·sis

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