Definition of leptospirosis in English:


Syllabification: lep·to·spi·ro·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌleptəˌspīˈrōsis


  • An infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs, and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. See also Weil's disease.
    • The bacterium is a spirochete of the genus Leptospira
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    • Puppies should be vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and rabies.
    • This is aggravating an already festering situation produced by outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis-A, leptospirosis, cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
    • Conjunctivitis can also be a symptom of other infections such as measles or leptospirosis, a bacterial infection.


1920s: from lepto- 'narrow' + Greek speira 'coil' + -osis.

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