Q fever
noun Etymology: query Date: 1937 a disease that is characterized by high fever, chills, muscular pains, headache, and sometimes pneumonia, that is caused by a rickettsia (Coxiella burnetii) of which domestic animals serve as reservoirs, and that is transmitted to humans especially by inhalation of infective airborne bacteria (as in contaminated dust)

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  • Q fever — noun an infectious fever caused by rickettsiae. Origin 1930s: from Q for query + fever …   English new terms dictionary

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