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n. pl. zo·on·o·ses (-sēz′)
A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.

[New Latin : zoo- + -nosis, alteration (influenced by -osis) of Greek nosos, disease.]

zo′o·not′ic (-ə-nŏt′ĭk) adj.
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(zəʊˈɒnəsɪs; ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs)
n, pl -ses (-siːz)
(Pathology) pathol any infection or disease that is transmitted to man from lower vertebrates
[from zoo- + Greek nosos disease]
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(zoʊˈɒn ə sɪs, ˌzoʊ əˈnoʊ sɪs n., pl. -ses (-sēz`, -sēz))
any disease of animals communicable to humans.
[1875–80; < Greek zōio- zoo- + nósos sickness, with ending appar. conformed to -sis]
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any disease of lower animals that may be transmitted to man. — zoonotic, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zoonosis - an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
animal disease - a disease that typically does not affect human beings
actinomycosis - disease of cattle that can be transmitted to humans; results from infection with actinomycetes; characterized by hard swellings that exude pus through long sinuses
splenic fever - a highly infectious animal disease (especially cattle and sheep); it can be transmitted to people
Bang's disease, contagious abortion, brucellosis - an infectious disease of domestic animals often resulting in spontaneous abortion; transmittable to human beings
glanders - a destructive and contagious bacterial disease of horses that can be transmitted to humans
Lyme arthritis, Lyme disease - an acute inflammatory disease characterized by a rash with joint swelling and fever; caused by bacteria carried by the bite of a deer tick
lyssa, rabies, madness, hydrophobia - an acute viral disease of the nervous system of warm-blooded animals (usually transmitted by the bite of a rabid animal); rabies is fatal if the virus reaches the brain
leptospirosis, swamp fever - an infectious disease cause by leptospira and transmitted to humans from domestic animals; characterized by jaundice and fever
deer fly fever, rabbit fever, tularaemia, tularemia, yatobyo - a highly infectious disease of rodents (especially rabbits and squirrels) and sometimes transmitted to humans by ticks or flies or by handling infected animals
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The study guide covers the following topic areas: general environmental health; statutes and regulations; food protection; potable water; wastewater; solid and hazardous waste; zoonoses, vectors, pests, and poisonous plants; radiation protection; occupational safety and health; air quality; environmental noise; housing sanitation; institutions and licensed establishments; swimming pools and recreational facilities; and disaster sanitation.
Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be naturally transmitted between animals (usually vertebrates) and humans.
BZU VC Dr Tahir Amin appreciated role of dairy farming in economy of the country and congratulated the faculty on holding international conference on Zoonoses.
This was the crux of a 2-day international conference on Zoonoses organized by Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC).
Un cheptel de plus de 107.000 tetes est cible par la campagne anti-clavelee a Tindouf, dans le cadre d'une large operation de lutte contre les zoonoses, lancee debut fevrier dernier et se poursuit jusqu'a juin prochain, a-t-on appris mercredi dernier aupres des services de l'inspection veterinaire de la wilaya.
Pathak have co-authored a book entitled 'Parasitic Zoonoses in the New Millennium'.
Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, the Director of WHO's Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses said, "Foodborne diseases have various origins.