a disease, esp. in humans and cattle, caused by bacteria (genus Brucella)
< ModL, after Sir David Bruce (1855-1931), Scot physician + -osis
See brucellosis in American Heritage Dictionary 4
An infectious bacterial disease of humans that is caused by brucellae, transmitted by contact with infected animals, and characterized by fever, malaise, and headache. Also called Gibraltar fever, Malta fever, Mediterranean fever, Rock fever, undulant fever.
A disease of domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, and dogs, that is caused by brucellae and sometimes results in spontaneous abortions in newly infected animals. Also called Bang's disease.