from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.

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  • n. An animal disease, such as rabies or anthrax, that can be transmitted to humans.

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  • n. an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin : zoo- + -nosis, alteration (influenced by -osis) of Greek nosos, disease.


  • The transmission of disease from one species to another is called zoonosis and is of great concern to the CDC.

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  • Pets, animals e.g.  Q fever  Psittacosis  hantavirus pulmonary syndrome  "zoonosis"

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  • She said although this was a zoonosis (diseases that can be passed between animals, whether wild or domesticated, to humans), there was no need for the public to panic.

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  • Palese†™ s report is based on the key 1992 paper by Bird Flu authority, K.F. Shortridge: “Pandemic influenza: a zoonosis? ” Seminars in Respiratory Infections, 7 (1) ,11-25.

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  • Additionally, we are trained in zoonosis- animal - human disease transmission.

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  • Rift Valley Fever (RVF), is a zoonosis (a disease which primarily affects animals, but occasionally causes disease in humans).

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  • Although primarily a zoonosis, sporadic cases and outbreaks of CCHF affecting humans do occur. 1998 has already witnessed 2 outbreaks, one in Pakistan affecting four people, with two deaths, and another in Afghanistan affecting 19 people with 12 deaths.

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  • Brucellosis is a zoonosis of both public health and economic significance in most developing countries.

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  • Lesihmania vectors occur: Phlebotomus ariasi is important in the wooded hills of South West France, where infected hogs serve as the reservoir for this zoonosis (C. 20).

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  • Dogs, wild carnivores and various species of rodents are commonly infected, and this zoonosis (a human disease with an animal reservoir) is therefore linked to certain types of vegetation or certain agricultural practices that affect especially the rodent populations.

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  • Fantastic word. From Wikipedia:

    "A zoonosis (pronounced /zoʊəˈnoʊsɪs/) is any infectious disease that is able to be transmitted (vectored) from other animals, both wild and domestic, to humans or from humans to animals (the latter is sometimes called reverse zoonosis).

    The word is derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) (IPA: zo'on) and nosos (disease)."

    October 17, 2007