parrot fever

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parrot fever

parrot fever


parrot disease

1. (Veterinary Science) another name for psittacosis
2. (Pathology) another name for psittacosis


(ˌsɪt əˈkoʊ sɪs)

a rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans. Also called parrot fever.
[1895–1900; < Latin psittac(us) parrot (< Greek psittakós) + -osis]
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Noun1.parrot fever - an atypical pneumonia caused by a rickettsia microorganism and transmitted to humans from infected birds
atypical pneumonia, mycoplasmal pneumonia, primary atypical pneumonia - an acute respiratory disease marked by high fever and coughing; caused by mycoplasma; primarily affecting children and young adults
References in periodicals archive ?
The disease is sometimes referred to as parrot fever.
Chlamydophila psittaci, an obligate, intracellular, gram-negative bacterium, has 7 known genotypes (A F and E/B) (1), All genotypes can be transmitted to humans and cause psittacosis or parrot fever (2).
Another potential pathogen sometimes found in bird (but not bat) droppings is a bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci (formerly Chlamydia psittaci), the causal agent of psittacosis, or parrot fever.