Q fever


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Q fever

n.
An infectious disease of humans characterized by fever, malaise, muscle pain, and sometimes chronic endocarditis, caused by a bacterium (Coxiella burnetii) that infects many animal species. It is transmitted to humans chiefly by inhalation of contaminated air from infected domestic animals, as on farms.

[q(uery) (because originally the infectious agent was unknown) + fever.]
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Q fever

n
(Pathology) an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii
[C20: from q(uery) fever (the cause being unknown when it was named)]
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Q fever


n.
an acute, influenzalike disease transmitted to humans by contact with infected cattle, sheep, and goats, caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii.
[1935–40; abbr. of query]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Q fever - an acute disease resembling influenza
rickettsial disease, rickettsiosis - infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
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