Definition of coccidiosis in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒkˌsɪdɪˈəʊsɪs/


[mass noun]
A disease of birds and mammals that chiefly affects the intestines, caused by coccidia.
Example sentences
  • In recent years, poultry production has become increasingly threatened by a major parasitic disease called coccidiosis.
  • Water was supplemented with the chemical, to suppress Isosporan coccidiosis, an ubiquitous disease of goldfinches that will quickly kill aviary birds.
  • Male house finches, experimentally infected with coccidiosis grow a less red plumage and are less often selected by females.


Late 19th century: from coccidium (singular of modern Latin Coccidia; see coccidia) + -osis.

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