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[mon-uh-noo-klee-oh-sis, -nyoo-] /ˌmɒn əˌnu kliˈoʊ sɪs, -ˌnyu-/

noun, Pathology.
the presence of an abnormally large number of leukocytes, or monocytes, in the blood.
(pathol) the presence of a large number of monocytes in the blood
See infectious mononucleosis

1920, coined from mononuclear + Modern Latin -osis “abnormal condition.”

mononucleosis mon·o·nu·cle·o·sis (mŏn’ō-nōō’klē-ō’sĭs, -nyōō-)

A common infectious disease usually affecting young people, caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and characterized by fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue. The symptoms may last for several weeks.
mononucleosis [(mon-uh-nooh-klee-oh-sis)]

An acute and infectious disease caused by a virus; its symptoms include fever, swelling of the lymph nodes, and general exhaustion. Mononucleosis gets its name from the kind of white blood cell (monocyte) that increases in number in the blood of persons who have the disease. There is no specific treatment, but sufferers usually recover within a few weeks.

Note: Mononucleosis is sometimes called the “kissing disease,” because at one time the virus was thought to be transmitted by kissing. The virus can be found in the saliva of those who have the disease, so there may be some truth in the belief.


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