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  • noun pathology An infectious disease transmitted from animal to human by transplantation of an animal tissue or organ into human body.

Etymologies

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A combination of xeno- (stranger) + zoonosis (animal disease)

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  • A disease of animals that might be transmitted to humans by the use of animal organs for transplantation (xenotransplantation).

    October 19, 2008

  • A specific disease, sionnach, or any disease?

    October 19, 2008

  • No specific disease. As far as I am aware, thus far it remains a hypothetical possibility for researchers in the area to worry about. Pathogens that might be benign in the host animal could become virulent when moved to the new environment of the human body.

    October 19, 2008