legionnaire's disease


legionnaire's disease
noun

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legionnaire's disease or legionnaires' disease noun
A severe, sometimes fatal, pneumonia-like disease caused by the bacterium Legionella pneumophilia (so named after an outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976)
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Main Entry:legion

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legionnaire’s disease UK US noun [uncountable]
a serious disease of the lungs that leads to severe pneumonia and is usually spread through air conditioning systems
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legionnaires' or legionnaire's disease,
a serious and sometimes fatal form of pneumonia caused by bacterial infection, characterized by high fever, abdominal pain, and lung congestion.
[from the outbreak at an American Legion convention in 1976 in Philadelphia]

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Legionnaires' disease

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  • legionnaire's disease — Disease named after an outbreak of the illness at an American Legion convention in July, 1 976. The specific cause of the disease is uncertain …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • legionnaire's disease — /lidʒəˈnɛəz dəziz/ (say leejuh nairz duhzeez) noun a disease caused by an aerobic bacterium, Legionella pneumophila, which, in its severe form, causes a high fever and pneumonia; sometimes circulated in air conditioning systems. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Legionnaire's disease — noun see Legionnaires disease …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • legionnaire's disease — legion naire s dis.ease n [U] a serious disease that affects your lungs …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • legionnaire's disease — legion naire s dis,ease noun uncount a serious disease of the lungs that leads to severe PNEUMONIA and is usually spread through AIR CONDITIONING systems …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • legionnaire's disease — noun (U) a serious lung disease …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • legionnaire's disease — UK / US noun [uncountable] a serious disease of the lungs that leads to severe pneumonia and is usually spread through air conditioning systems …   English dictionary

  • Legionnaire&’s disease — See Legionella …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • disease — n. 1) to come down with, contract a disease 2) to carry; spread (a) disease 3) to cure; prevent (a) disease 4) to eradicate, stamp out, wipe out (a) disease; to bring a disease under control 5) an acute; common; deadly; degenerative; fatal,… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • legionnaire — 1818, from Fr. légionnaire, from légion (see LEGION (Cf. legion)). Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella pneumophilia, was named after the lethal outbreak of July 1976 at the American Legion convention in Philadelphia s Bellevue Stratford… …   Etymology dictionary


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