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zoonosis[zo″o-no´sis] (pl. zoono´ses)
a disease of animals transmissible to humans. adj., adj zoonot´ic.
zoonosis(zō-ō-nō′sĭs) plural.zoonoses [″ + nosos, disease]
An infection common in animal populations that occasionally infects humans. Over 250 organisms are known to cause zoonotic infections, of which 30 to 40 are spread from pets and animals used by the blind and deaf. Immunosuppressed people and those who work with animals are esp. at risk of developing zoonoses.zoonotic (-nŏt′ĭk), adjective
zoonosesDiseases of animals that can affect people. The zoonoses do not include human diseases transmitted from person to person by animal vectors. The zoonoses include ANTHRAX from cattle, BRUCELLOSIS and Q FEVER from goats and sheep, GLANDERS from horses, LEPTOSPIROSIS and PLAGUE from rats, PSITTACOSIS from birds, RABIES from any mammal, ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPOTTED FEVER from small mammals, TOXOCARIASIS from dogs, TOXOPLASMOSIS from cats, TUBERCULOSIS from cows and YELLOW FEVER from monkeys.
Zoonosis (plural, zoonoses)
Any disease of animals that can be transmitted to humans under natural conditions. Lyme disease and babesiosis are examples of zoonoses.