Definition of zoonosis in English:

Share this entry

zoonosis

Pronunciation: /ˌzuːəˈnəʊsɪs/
/ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs/

noun (plural zoonoses /ˌzuːəˈnəʊsiːz/ /ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsiːz/)

A disease which 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.

Derivatives

zoonotic

adjective
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.

Origin

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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: zoo|nosis

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.