Meaning of zoonosis in English:

zoonosis

Pronunciation /ˌzuːəˈnəʊsɪs/ /ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs/

nounzoonoses

  • A disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals.

    • ‘East African sleeping sickness, caused by T brucei rhodesiense, is a zoonosis with an extensive animal reservoir in ungulates, including game animals.’
    • ‘Just as pandemic influenza is now considered a noneradicable zoonosis, the question arises whether SARS is, too.’
    • ‘Other zoonoses involving wild birds are also gaining prominence as disease issues.’
    • ‘Worldwide, this zoonosis is primarily found in cattle, sheep, and goats, but many mammals and birds may also be infected.’
    • ‘Anthrax is a zoonosis, accidentally transmitted from herbivores to humans with no onward person to person transmission.’
    • ‘The researchers concluded that possibly for children, if not for adults, a variety of minor zoonoses and/or allergies may be significant consequences of keeping a dog, at least during the first 12 months or so of ownership.’
    • ‘Animal welfare organisations cite allergies and the fear of zoonoses as common reasons for people giving up their pets.’
    • ‘Chagas' disease is a complex zoonosis, primarily transmitted by triatomine bugs, which infest poor quality housing.’
    • ‘Foot and mouth disease is a zoonosis, a disease transmissible to humans, but it crosses the species barrier with difficulty and with little effect.’
    • ‘Brucellosis is a true zoonosis - in nearly all cases the infection is transmitted directly from animals to humans.’
    • ‘Seven animals were initially tested and found free of zoonoses (Chlamydia psittaci, Mycobacterium pseudotuberculosis, Brucella, and Coxiella burnetti).’
    • ‘Pandemic influenza remains a non-eradicable zoonosis, and SARS has made an unwelcome zoonotic incursion.’
    • ‘‘Such situations penalize countries with a good and transparent surveillance system for animal diseases and zoonoses, and which have demonstrated their ability to control the risks identified,’ the OIE said.’
    • ‘Leptospirosis is ubiquitous in distribution and has the dubious distinction of being both an occupational disease and a zoonosis.’
    • ‘Anthrax is a zoonosis caused by Bacillus anthracis, to which man is relatively resistant, but one deep breath of weaponised aerosol may contain as many as 10 spores.’

Origin

Late 19th century from zoo-‘of animals’ + Greek nosos ‘disease’.

Pronunciation

zoonosis

/ˌzuːəˈnəʊsɪs/ /ˌzəʊəˈnəʊsɪs/