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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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