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rabies

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noun ra·bies \ˈrā-bēz\

Simple Definition of rabies

  • : a very serious and often fatal disease that affects animals (such as dogs) and that can be passed on to people if an infected animal bites them

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rabies

plural

rabies

  1. :  an acute virus disease of the nervous system of mammals that is caused by a rhabdovirus (species Rabies virus of the genus Lyssavirus) usually transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal and that is characterized typically by increased salivation, abnormal behavior, and eventual paralysis and death when untreated

Origin and Etymology of rabies

New Latin, from Latin, madness, from rabere to rave — more at rage


First Known Use: circa 1598

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RABIES Defined for Kids

rabies

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noun ra·bies \ˈrā-bēz\

Definition of rabies for Students

  1. :  a deadly disease of the nervous system that affects animals and can be passed on to people by the bite of an infected animal




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rabies

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noun ra·bies \ˈrā-bēz\

Medical Definition of rabies

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rabies

  1. :  an acute virus disease of the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals that is transmitted in infected saliva usually through the bite of a rabid animal and that is typically characterized by fatigue, headache, fever, and general discomfort progressing to increased salivation, excitability, confusion, muscle weakness and spasms, hallucinations, abnormal behavior, paralysis, coma, and death Rabies has a long incubation period that averages several weeks but may be as long as several years. Once the symptoms appear, rabies is typically untreatable and fatal. If received soon after the bite of a rabid animal, treatment is usually effective and involves administration of immune globulin and a series of rabies vaccine injections. Rabies is caused by a rhabdovirus (species Rabies virus of the genus Lyssavirus. —called also hydrophobia




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