Definitions for q fever
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an acute, influenzalike disease transmitted to humans by contact with infected cattle, sheep, and goats, caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii.
Origin of Q fever:
1935–40; abbr. of query
an acute disease resembling influenza
An infectious disease, resembling influenza, caused by the bacterium Coxiella burnetii
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An acute infectious disease caused by COXIELLA BURNETII. It is characterized by a sudden onset of FEVER; HEADACHE; malaise; and weakness. In humans, it is commonly contracted by inhalation of infected dusts derived from infected domestic animals (ANIMALS, DOMESTIC).