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anthrax

noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\

: a serious disease that affects animals (such as cattle and sheep) and sometimes people

Full Definition of ANTHRAX

:  an infectious disease of warm-blooded animals (as cattle and sheep) caused by a spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus anthracis), transmissible to humans especially by the handling of infected products (as wool), and characterized by cutaneous ulcerating nodules or by often fatal lesions in the lungs; also :  the bacterium causing anthrax

Origin of ANTHRAX

Middle English antrax carbuncle, from Latin anthrax, from Greek, coal, carbuncle
First Known Use: 1861

anthrax

noun an·thrax \ˈan-ˌthraks\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural an·thra·ces \-thrə-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of ANTHRAX

:  an infectious disease of warm-blooded animals (as cattle and sheep) caused by a spore-forming bacterium (Bacillus anthracis), transmissible to humans especially by the handling of infected products (as hair), and characterized by external ulcerating nodules or by lesions in the lungs

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