Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An infectious disease of domestic animals, especially cattle, swine, and dogs, caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira and characterized by jaundice and fever.

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  • n. An acute, infectious, febrile disease of both humans and animals, caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an infectious disease cause by leptospira and transmitted to humans from domestic animals; characterized by jaundice and fever

Etymologies

New Latin Leptospīra, genus name (lepto- + Latin spīra, coil; see spiral) + -osis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
lepto- +‎ spirosis (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the problem is that dengue fever and a disease called leptospirosis and malaria are becoming more and more prevalent in Guyana.

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  • The Marine Mammal Center is studying the disease _ called leptospirosis _ which afflicts a large number of California's sea lions every four or five years.

    KCBS Bay Area News

  • An inquest heard she had contracted Weil's disease, a severe form of leptospirosis, which is caused by bacteria found in the urine of wild animals.

    Signs of the Times

  • In particular, rats and mice are carriers of diseases such as leptospirosis, amoebiasis, certain forms of typhus and, through their parasites, they can spread plague.

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  • "There is also a high chance of other diseases such as dengue, typhoid and leptospirosis which is likely to develop two weeks after the flood," he said.

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  • Update: 1: 26PM The Health Ministry has warned members of the public to be wary of diseases such as leptospirosis, scabies, diarrhoea, typhoid and scabies.

    Fiji Times Online - Local News

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  • One danger she worried about was leptospirosis, a waterborne bacterial disease.

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  • At the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1984, the rower Andy Holmes, who has died of leptospirosis (also known as Weil's disease) aged 51, was part of the coxed four whose victory redefined British rowing.

    Andy Holmes obituary

  • Weil's disease – also known as leptospirosis – is a rare bacterial disease that can be contracted by contact with water which contains the urine of infected animals.

    Rower Andy Holmes was 'incredibly tough'

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