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strangles

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

Definition of strangles

  1. :  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



Origin of strangles

plural of obsolete strangle act of strangling


First Known Use: circa 1706


Medical Dictionary

strangles

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

Medical Definition of strangles

  1. :  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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