Definition of Q fever in English:

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Q fever

noun

An infectious fever caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii, which may be transmitted to humans from cattle, sheep, and other domesticated animals.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

1930s: from Q for query + fever.

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Syllabification: Q fe·ver

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