Definition of Q fever in English:

Q fever

Line breaks: Q fever
Pronunciation: /kjuː


[mass noun]
  • An infectious fever caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, which may be transmitted to humans from cattle, sheep, and other domesticated animals.
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    • The attackers would have little concern of being exposed to secondary infection because Q fever is not communicable.
    • Persistent infections in humans can lead to a chronic form of Q fever.
    • You can catch Q fever by eating or touching contaminated meat.


1930s: from Q for query + fever.

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