q fever

q fe·ver
Q q


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kyoo fee-ver]
    • /kyu ˈfi vər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kyoo fee-ver]
    • /kyu ˈfi vər/

Definitions of q fever words

  • noun q fever an acute, influenzalike disease caused by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetti. 1
  • noun q fever an acute disease characterized by fever and pneumonia, transmitted to man by the rickettsia Coxiella burnetii 0
  • noun q fever a mild illness characterized by fever, headache, muscular pains, and pneumonia, transmitted by contact or ticks, and caused by a rickettsia (Coxiella burnetii) 0

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Origin of q fever

First appearance:

before 1935
One of the 8% newest English words
First recorded in 1935-40; abbreviation of query

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q fever popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 56% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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