any of several systemic infections of humans and domestic animals caused by a genus (Leptospira) of spirochetes found in sewage and natural waters, and involving variously the eyes, liver, kidneys, etc.
Origin of leptospirosisModern Latin from Leptospira ( from lepto- + Classical Latin spira: see spire) + -osis
An infectious disease of domestic animals, humans, and other mammals, characterized by fever and jaundice and caused by spirochetes of the genus Leptospira, which are transmitted to humans by contact with the urine of infected animals.
Origin of leptospirosisNew Latin Leptospīra genus name ( lepto- ) (Latin spīra coil ; see spiral . ) -osis
(countable and uncountable, plural leptospiroses)
From Leptospira +"Ž -osis