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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

legionnaires'′ disease`(n.)

  1. a form of pneumonia caused by bacteria of the genus Legionella, esp. L. pneumophila, typically acquired by inhaling airborne droplets from a contaminated water supply.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of legionnaires' disease:

so called from its first reported occurrence, at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Legionnaires' disease(noun)

    acute (sometimes fatal) lobar pneumonia caused by bacteria of a kind first recognized after an outbreak of the disease at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia in 1976; characterized by fever and muscle and chest pain and headache and chills and a dry cough

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Legionnaires' Disease

    An acute, sometimes fatal, pneumonia-like bacterial infection characterized by high fever, malaise, muscle aches, respiratory disorders and headache. It is named for an outbreak at the 1976 Philadelphia convention of the American Legion.


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