From zoo- + (itself from Ancient Greek ζῷον (zôion, “animal”)) + Ancient Greek νόσος (nósos, “disease”) (compare also nosology); the surface analysis is almost, although not quite, zoo- + -osis; compare also anthroponosis.
zoonosis (plural zoonoses)
- (biology, microbiology) An animal disease, such as rabies or anthrax, that can be transmitted to humans.
- 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 64:
- In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.” His quest leads him around the world to study a variety of suspect zoonoses—animal-hosted pathogens that infect humans.
- IPA(key): (Spain) /θooˈnosis/, [θo.oˈno.sis]
- IPA(key): (Latin America) /sooˈnosis/, [so.oˈno.sis]
- Rhymes: -osis
zoonosis f (plural zoonosis)