Share this entry

Share this page

melioidosis

Line breaks: meli¦oid|osis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛlɪɔɪˈdəʊsɪs
 
/

Definition of melioidosis in English:

noun

[mass noun]
An infectious disease of rodents, similar to glanders. It is occasionally transmitted to people, in whom it can cause pneumonia, multiple abscesses, and septicaemia.
Example sentences
  • In this paper we review the microbiological, clinical and epidemiological observations in patients with septicaemic melioidosis, confirmed by the isolation of organisms from blood culture.
  • Seroprevalence data may indicate that many more than those who present with overt disease have latent melioidosis and may be at a risk of a relapse.
  • Authorities in Singapore have expressed concern about the rising death toll from the tropical disease melioidosis.

Origin

1920s: from Greek mēlis, denoting a disease (probably glanders) affecting asses, + -oid + -osis.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something