noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin psittacus Date: 1897 an infectious disease of birds caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci), marked by diarrhea and wasting, and transmissible to humans in whom it occurs as a flu-like illness often accompanied by pneumonia — called also ornithosis, parrot feverpsittacotic adjective

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  • psittacosis — [sit΄ə kō′sis] n. [ModL < L psittacus < Gr psittakos, parrot + OSIS] an acute or chronic disease of birds, esp. birds of the parrot order, caused by a bacterium (Chlamydia psittaci): often transmitted to humans, in whom it is characterized… …   English World dictionary

  • psittacosis — /sit euh koh sis/, n. Pathol. a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans. Also called ornithosis, parrot fever. [1895 1900; < L… …   Universalium

  • psittacosis — (ornithosis; sit ah ko sis) A disease due to a strain of Chlamydia psittaci, first seen in parrots and later found in other birds and domestic fowl (in which it is called ornithosis). It is transmissible to humans …   Dictionary of microbiology

  • psittacosis — noun /ˌsiɾəˈkoʊsɨs/ An infection by Chlamydia bacteria, caught from infected birds, and characterised by fever, pneumonia and headaches. Syn: ornithosis, parrot disease, parrot fever …   Wiktionary

  • psittacosis — An infectious disease in psittacine birds and humans caused by the bacterium Chlamydia psittaci. Avian infections are mainly inapparent or latent, although acute disease does occur; human infections may result in mild disease with a flulike… …   Medical dictionary

  • psittacosis —  Sometimes called parrot fever; a disease of birds that can be passed to people …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • psittacosis — psit·ta·co·sis || ‚(p)sɪtÉ™ kəʊsɪs n. (Pathology) Parrot Fever , infectious disease carried by some birds and which can be transmitted to humans (causes pneumonia, high fever, weakness, and fatigue) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • psittacosis — [ˌsɪtə kəʊsɪs] noun a contagious disease of birds, caused by chlamydiae and transmissible (especially from parrots) to human beings as a form of pneumonia. Origin C19: from L. psittacus parrot + osis …   English new terms dictionary

  • psittacosis — psit·ta·co·sis …   English syllables

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