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1. An infectious disease in humans caused by some species of bacteria of the genus Brucella, that is transmitted by contact with infected animals or raw milk products and marked by fever, malaise, severe headache, and joint pain. Also called Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, undulant fever.
2. An infectious disease chiefly of domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and dogs, that is caused by some species of bacteria of the genus Brucella, and sometimes results in spontaneous abortions in newly infected animals. Also called Bang's disease.
(Veterinary Science) an infectious disease of cattle, goats, dogs, and pigs, caused by bacteria of the genus Brucella and transmittable to humans (e.g. by drinking contaminated milk): symptoms include fever, chills, and severe headache. Also called: undulant fever
[C20: from New Latin Brucella, named after Sir David Bruce (1855–1931), Australian bacteriologist and physician]
bru•cel•lo•sis(ˌbru səˈloʊ sɪs)
infection with bacteria of the Brucella genus, frequently causing spontaneous abortions in animals and remittent fever in humans. Also called undulant fever.
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|Noun||1.||brucellosis - infectious bacterial disease of human beings transmitted by contact with infected animals or infected meat or milk products; characterized by fever and headache|
infectious disease - a disease transmitted only by a specific kind of contact
|2.||brucellosis - an infectious disease of domestic animals often resulting in spontaneous abortion; transmittable to human beings|