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Pathology. any disease of animals communicable to humans.
noun (pl) -ses (-siːz)
(pathol) any infection or disease that is transmitted to man from lower vertebrates

1900, from zoonosis + -ic.

plural zoonoses, 1876, from comb. form of Greek zoion “animal” (see zoo) + nosos “disease.”

zoonosis zo·on·o·sis (zō-ŏn’ə-sĭs, zō’ə-nō’-)
n. pl. zo·on·o·ses (-sēz’)
A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.
zo’o·not’ic (zō’ə-nŏt’ĭk) adj.


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