Definition of melioidosis in English:

melioidosis

Line breaks: meli¦oid|osis
Pronunciation: /ˌmɛlɪɔɪˈdəʊsɪs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • An infectious disease of rodents, similar to glanders. It is occasionally transmitted to people, in whom it can cause pneumonia, multiple abscesses, and septicaemia.
    • The agent is the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei
    More example sentences
    • In this paper we review the microbiological, clinical and epidemiological observations in patients with septicaemic melioidosis, confirmed by the isolation of organisms from blood culture.
    • Seroprevalence data may indicate that many more than those who present with overt disease have latent melioidosis and may be at a risk of a relapse.
    • Authorities in Singapore have expressed concern about the rising death toll from the tropical disease melioidosis.

Origin

1920s: from Greek mēlis, denoting a disease (probably glanders) affecting asses, + -oid + -osis.

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