melioidosis definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A highly fatal infectious bacterial disease, primarily occurring in rodents in India and Southeast Asia, that is characterized in humans by systemic caseous nodules.
Origin: New Latin mēlioīdōsis : Greek mēlis, a disease of asses usually taken to be glanders + -oid + -osis.
melioidosis - Medical Definition
An infectious disease, primarily affecting rodents in India and Southeast Asia but also communicable to humans, that is caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas pseudomallei; it produces a characteristic caseous nodule that breaks down into an abscess.