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Medical Term:

psittacosis

Pronunciation: sit'a-ko'sis

Definition

An infectious disease in psittacine birds and humans caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila psittaci (formerly Chlamydia psittaci). Avian infections are mainly inapparent or latent, although acute disease does occur; human infections may result in mild disease with a flulike syndrome or in severe disease, especially in older people, with symptoms of bronchopneumonia.

Synonym(s): Parrot disease3, parrot fever

[G. psittakos, a parrot, + -osis, condition]

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