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melioidosis

Pronunciation: mel'e-oy-do'sis

Definition: An infectious disease of rodents in India and Southeast Asia that is caused by Pseudomonas pseudomallei and is communicable to humans. The characteristic lesion is a small caseous nodule, found generally throughout the body, which breaks down into an abscess; symptoms vary according to the tracts or organs involved.

Synonym(s): pseudoglanders, Whitmore disease

[G. melis, a distemper of asses, + eidos, resemblance, + -osis, condition]

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