zoonosis[zō än′ə sis, zō′ə nō′sis]
a disease that can be transmitted to people by vertebrate animals
Origin of zoonosisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek zōion, an animal (see bio-) + nosos, disease
A disease of animals, such as rabies or psittacosis, that can be transmitted to humans.
Origin of zoonosisNew Latin : zoo– + -nosis, alteration (influenced by –osis) of Greek nosos, disease.