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zoonosis Syllabification: zo·on·o·sis
Pronunciation: /zōəˈnōsəs/ /zōˈänə-/

Definition of zoonosis in English:

noun (plural zoonoses-ˌsēz)

A disease that can be transmitted to humans from animals.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 19th century: from zoo- 'of animals' + Greek nosos 'disease'.



Pronunciation: /ˌzōəˈnätik/
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.

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