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

  • n. An infectious bacterial disease of humans that is caused by brucellae, transmitted by contact with infected animals, and characterized by fever, malaise, and headache. Also called Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, Rock fever, undulant fever.
  • n. A disease of domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and dogs, that is caused by brucellae and sometimes results in spontaneous abortions in newly infected animals. Also called Bang's disease.

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  • n. infection by the bacterium, Brucella, which is carried by ruminants. Symptoms include recurring fevers, sweating, weakness, anorexia, headaches, depression and generalized aches and pains.

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  • n. infectious bacterial disease of human beings transmitted by contact with infected animals or infected meat or milk products; characterized by fever and headache
  • n. an infectious disease of domestic animals often resulting in spontaneous abortion; transmittable to human beings


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

brucell(a) + -osis.


  • When they do, they're either forced back in by armed men on horseback and in helicopters, or slaughtered to make sure they don't spread a disease to cattle (even though there's no hard evidence of wild bison ever transmitting the feared disease, known as brucellosis, to domestic livestock).

    Scott Dodd: The Homeless Herd: Why Is Ted Turner's Ranch Getting These Wild Bison?

  • That's because government livestock officials fear that bison, which carry a disease called brucellosis, may transmit the disease to cattle.

    Homeless On The Range

  • SIMON (voice-over): Limited tolerance because the fear is the bison carry a disease called brucellosis, the disease which causes pregnant animals to abort their young, can spread to cattle.

    CNN Transcript Apr 29, 2008

  • SIMON: Limited tolerance because of fears the bison carry a disease called brucellosis, a disease which causes pregnant animals to abort their young can spread to cattle.

    CNN Transcript Apr 28, 2008

  • The so-called brucellosis disease problem in wildlife is actually the brucellosis fraud.

    Missoula Independent

  • The animals have been held for several years at the Montana facility as part of a state-federal program to isolate and protect bison free of brucellosis, which is found in many of the animals in the Yellowstone area.

  • Although brucellosis exists in wildlife in Wyoming, cattle in the state have been classified as brucellosis-free since September 2006.

    High Plains Journal

  • Returning to England as "the Heroine of the Crimea", she used personal illness (a disabling condition that Bostridge and his peers identify as brucellosis) to hold her family at bay so as to be free to focus on the business of sanitary and medical reform for which she has become justly celebrated.

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  • But the knowledge that diseases such as brucellosis and papillomavirus are being found ever more frequently in dolphins may, ironically be what forces the end of eating dolphin meat.

    Hardy Jones: What Will End the Dolphin Slaughter?

  • Warmer temperatures may allow species with a low rate of infection, such as brucellosis in caribou or echinococcus in voles, to survive in larger numbers increasing the number of susceptible hosts and infected animals.

    Potential impacts of indirect mechanisms of climate change on human health in the Arctic


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  • Oh! Okay, that makes eminent sense. Thanks for explaining!

    September 17, 2008

  • Okay -

    All heifers must get bangs vaccinated before reaching one year or being sold.

    Where I grew up, at least, not only did they have to have paper record of vaccine, but each cow was also given a tattoo and an orange ear tag with the record number. I was in charge of inking ears and loading the tagger.

    September 17, 2008

  • Hmm. Trivet, what do you mean? Can you use the word in a typical sentence? I'm puzzled by your comment and would like to understand it better.

    September 17, 2008

  • Also called bangs, 'specially when referring to vaccination.

    remembering afternoons of my childhood spent brushing on ink for bangs tattoos...

    September 17, 2008

  • Usage note on sarcocystosis.

    September 17, 2008