Definition of abortus fever in US English:

abortus fever

noun

  • The most common 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.’

Origin

1920s: from Latin abortus ‘miscarriage’.

Pronunciation

abortus fever

/əˌbôrtəs ˈfēvər/