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legionnaires' disease Line breaks: le¦gion|naires' dis|ease

Definition of legionnaires' disease in English:


[mass noun]
A form of bacterial pneumonia first identified after an outbreak at an American Legion meeting in 1976. It is spread chiefly by water droplets through air conditioning and similar systems. See also legionella.
Example sentences
  • If you develop the above symptoms and you are worried that it might be legionnaires' disease, you should see your GP.
  • Colds, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and influenza are more common in smokers, as is legionnaires' disease.
  • Health chiefs are still looking into an outbreak of legionnaires' disease which killed six people in Barrow-in-Furness.

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