One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The commonest form of undulant fever in humans.
This disease is caused by the bacterium Brucella abortus, which is also the chief cause of brucellosis in cattle
- ‘This indicates abortus fever and brucellosis are synonyms of a single disease name and the term brucellosis has been chosen as the preferred term.’
1920s: from Latin abortus ‘miscarriage’.
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