One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bacterial infection commonly affecting animals and sometimes transferred to humans through bites and scratches.
The causative bacteria are Gram-negative rods of the genus Pasteurella, in particular P. multocida
- ‘Another illness called pneumonic pasteurellosis, which damages lungs and can cause death in humans and pigs, is in pork meat, but scientists don't know if eating infected meat infects humans.’
- ‘Both receive vaccines against vibriosis and the infections pasteurellosis, myxobacteriosis and viral nervous necrosis.’
Early 20th century: from French pasteurellose (from the name of L. Pasteur, Louis) + -osis.
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