an infectious disease of rodents, esp. rabbits, caused by a bacterium (Francisella tularensis) and transmitted to humans in handling the flesh of infected animals or by the bite of certain insects: it is characterized in humans by an irregular fever, aching, inflammation of the lymph glands, etc.
also sp. tu·la·rae′mia
Origin of tularemiaModL, after Tulare County, Calif. ( from Spanish tulares, plural , regions overgrown with tules: see tule) + -emia
An infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis that chiefly affects rodents but can also be transmitted to humans through the bite of various insects or contact with infected animals. In humans, the disease is characterized by intermittent fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. Also called rabbit fever .
Origin of tularemiaNew Latin after Tulare , a county of south-central California