coccidioidomycosis(redirected from California valley fever)
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An infectious respiratory disease of humans and other animals caused by inhaling fungi of the genus Coccidioides. It is usually characterized by fever and respiratory symptoms but sometimes develops into a severe form in which the lungs, bones, skin, and central nervous system can be affected. Also called valley fever.
[New Latin Coccidioīdēs, genus name (from Coccidium, former genus name; see coccidium + -oīdēs, from Greek -oeidēs, -oid) + mycosis.]
(Pathology) a disease of the skin or viscera, esp the lungs, caused by infection with the fungus Coccidioides immitis
[C20: from New Latin Coccidioides + -o- + mycosis]
coc•cid•i•oi•do•my•co•sis(kɒkˌsɪd iˌɔɪ doʊ maɪˈkoʊ sɪs)
a respiratory infection, often with a skin rash, caused by inhaling spores of Coccidi oides fungi, common in semiarid regions.Also called desert fever .