One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: of or relating to animals; specifically designating a disease occurring in animals. In later use: designating a disease which can be transmitted naturally from animals to humans.
Early 19th century (in an earlier sense). From scientific Latin zooticus or its etymon French zootique (in acide zootique: 1786 or earlier) from ancient Greek ζῷον animal + -oticus.
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