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

Definition of melioidosis in English:


[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
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.


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

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