Legionnaires-disease meaning

lē'jə-nârz'
An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Legionella, especially L. pneumophila, and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough.
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An acute respiratory infection, often resulting in pneumonia, caused by bacteria (Legionella pneumophila) that may contaminate water or soil.
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An acute, sometimes fatal respiratory disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Legionella, especially L. pneumophila, and characterized by severe pneumonia, headache, and a dry cough.
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A severe form of legionellosis, producing high fever and pneumonia.
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Origin of legionnaires-disease

  • So called because it was first recognized when an outbreak occurred during an American Legion Convention in Philadelphia in 1976
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition