One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of progressive pneumonia in sheep, caused by a lentivirus.See also visna
- ‘Norwegian authorities and industries have for years used great efforts and resources to control and eradicate diseases such as bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD) in cattle, and maedi in small ruminants.’
- ‘Maedi and visna are slowly progressive viral diseases.’
1950s: from Icelandic, literally ‘shortness of breath’.
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