a contagious intestinal disease of domestic and wild animals, birds, and, rarely, people, caused by members of an order (Coccidia) of sporozoans living as parasites in the intestines
Origin of coccidiosisModern Latin ; from coccidium, little berry + -osis
A parasitic disease of many animals, including cattle, swine, sheep, dogs, cats, and poultry, but rarely of humans, resulting from infestation of the digestive tract by coccidia.
Origin of coccidiosisNew Latin Coccidia, former order name, pl. of Coccidium, former genus name; see coccidium + –osis.