A disease of birds and mammals that chiefly affects the intestines, caused by coccidia.
- The coccidia belong to the genera Eimeria, Isopora, and others.
- In recent years, poultry production has become increasingly threatened by a major parasitic disease called coccidiosis.
- Water was supplemented with the chemical, to suppress Isosporan coccidiosis, an ubiquitous disease of goldfinches that will quickly kill aviary birds.
- Male house finches, experimentally infected with coccidiosis grow a less red plumage and are less often selected by females.
Late 19th century: from coccidium (singular of modern Latin Coccidia, from Greek kokkis, diminutive of kokkos 'berry') + -osis.
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