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strangles

noun plural but singular or plural in construction stran·gles \ˈstraŋ-gəlz\

Definition of STRANGLES

:  an infectious febrile disease of horses caused by a streptococcus (Streptococcus equi) and marked especially by inflammation and congestion of mucous membranes of the respiratory tract
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Origin of STRANGLES

plural of obsolete strangle act of strangling
First Known Use: circa 1706
Medical Dictionary

strangles

noun plural but singular or plural in construction stran·gles \-gəlz\

Medical Definition of STRANGLES

:  an infectious febrile disease of horses and other equines that is caused by a bacterium of the genus Streptococcus (S. equi), is characterized by inflammation and congestion of mucous membranes and a tendency to swelling and suppuration of the intermaxillary and cervical lymph nodes, usually affects young animals, has a low mortality rate, and confers subsequent immunity after one attack

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