noun (plural zoonoses /-ˌsēz/)
A disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals.
- East African sleeping sickness, caused by T brucei rhodesiense, is a zoonosis with an extensive animal reservoir in ungulates, including game animals.
- Just as pandemic influenza is now considered a noneradicable zoonosis, the question arises whether SARS is, too.
- Other zoonoses involving wild birds are also gaining prominence as disease issues.
- Example sentences
- Veterinary services have a crucial role in controlling highly contagious diseases and zoonotic infections, which have implications for human health as well as that of livestock.
- We have worked together - and with many colleagues - on influenza and other zoonotic infections that threaten human health in a variety of ways.
- Pandemic influenza remains a non-eradicable zoonosis, and SARS has made an unwelcome zoonotic incursion.
Late 19th century: from zoo- 'of animals' + Greek nosos 'disease'.
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