Definition of psittacosis in English:

psittacosis

Line breaks: psit¦ta|cosis
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪtəˈkəʊsɪs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A contagious disease of birds, caused by chlamydiae and transmissible (especially from parrots) to human beings as a form of pneumonia.
    More example sentences
    • One species, C. psittaci, causes psittacosis (so-called parrot fever), a respiratory infection transmitted from birds to people.
    • C. psittaci causes a rare disease called psittacosis (also known as ornithosis).
    • Though some birds with psittacosis don't display any signs or symptoms, others lose feathers or change their eating habits.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin psittacus 'parrot' + -osis.

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