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leptospirosis Line breaks: lepto|spir¦osis
Pronunciation: /ˌlɛptə(ʊ)spʌɪˈrəʊsɪs/

Definition of leptospirosis in English:


[mass noun]
An infectious bacterial disease occurring in rodents, dogs, and other mammals, which can be transmitted to humans. See also Weil's disease.
Example sentences
  • Puppies should be vaccinated against distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and rabies.
  • This is aggravating an already festering situation produced by outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis-A, leptospirosis, cholera and other diarrheal diseases.
  • Conjunctivitis can also be a symptom of other infections such as measles or leptospirosis, a bacterial infection.


1920s: from lepto- 'narrow' + Greek speira 'coil' + -osis.

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